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Neo-Nazi murders in Germany: life required against the main accused

Ⓒ dpa/AFP – Matthias Schrader – | Beate Zschäpe, 42, arrives in court on September 12, 2017 in Munich (southern Germany)

The Munich prosecutor demanded on Tuesday the sentence of life imprisonment against Beate Zschäpe, the only survivor of a trio accused of being neo-Nazi killers, a case that deeply shocked the Germans.

It is one of the biggest post-war trials in Germany and an unusual affair, due in part to the errors of the investigators.

In her indictment, Herbert Diemer, the representative of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, ruled out any possibility that the accused, who had denied her participation in the crimes, could receive a more lenient sentence.

Beate Zschäpe, 42, has been tried since May 2013 for alleged involvement in a series of ten murders, two bombings against foreign communities and fifteen robberies committed between 2000 and 2007 by a small group called the National Socialist clandestinity ).

She is the only survivor of the trio she formed with Uwe Mundlos (38 years) and Uwe Böhnhardt (34 years). In 2011, the two men were found dead by gunfire by the police when they were arrested.

Investigators believe they either committed suicide, or that one of them killed his accomplice before returning the weapon to himself.

Eight of the victims killed by the small group are mostly Turkish or Turkish. Also a Greek and a police officer. This case has deeply upset Germany because the trio has been able to be active with impunity for years, throwing a crude light on the failures of the internal intelligence services.

In September 2016 Beate Zschäpe broke his silence after more than three years of trials by “no longer having sympathy for the National Socialist ideology.” I no longer judge people according to their opinions or their opinions. origins but according to their actions, “she still assured.

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