Attorney General of Germany

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The Federal Attorney General of Germany (German: Generalbundesanwalt or Generalbundesanwältin) is the federal prosecutor of Germany, representing the federal government at the Bundesgerichtshof, the federal court of justice. The office of the Attorney General is located in Karlsruhe. Besides its role in appellate cases, the Attorney General has primary jurisdiction in cases of terrorism, espionage, treason, and genocide. The Attorney General also represents Germany in certain civil cases.

The Federal Minister of Justice proposes the Attorney General with the approval of the Bundesrat to the President of Germany (Bundespräsident) for appointment.[1]

In 1977, then-Attorney General Siegfried Buback was assassinated in a terrorist attack by the leftist extremist Red Army Faction.

List of Attorneys General since 1950[2][edit]

Carlo Wiechmann 1950 – 1956
Max Güde 1956 – 1961
Wolfgang Fränkel 1962
Ludwig Martin 1963 – 1974
Siegfried Buback 1974 – 1977
Kurt Rebmann 1977 – 1990
Alexander von Stahl 1990 – 1993
Kay Nehm 1994 – 2006
Monika Harms 2006 – 2011
Harald Range 2011 - present


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Coordinates: 49°00′05″N 8°23′07″E / 49.00139°N 8.38528°E / 49.00139; 8.38528