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1ST LEAD German prosecutors demand life term for suspect in neo-Nazi murders By Andrew McCathie and Christoph Trost, dpa

Europe
12.09.2017
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Berlin (dpa) - Prosecutors demanded a life sentence for a 42-year-old woman accused of being an accessory in a series of racist-inspired murders carried out by a German neo-Nazi terrorist group.

Beate Zschaepe has been on trial for more than four years as a suspected accomplice in the killings of eight Turkish immigrants, a Greek citizen and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007 by the National Socialist Underground (NSU).

The main suspect in the case, Zschaepe should face a penalty for each of the killings, Federal Prosecutor Herbert Diemer told her trial in Munich, which was launched in May 2013 and has now stretched over more than 380 days.

Diemer accused Zschaepe of being an "ice-cold calculating person," who had shown a disregard for human life.

A trained gardener, Zschaepe has denied any involvement in the murders, laying the blame on the two other NSU members, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Bohnhardt, who died in an apparent murder-suicide in November 2011.

She is also accused of torching the apartment where she lived with Mundlos and Bohnhardt in the eastern Germany city of Zwickau.

In addition, she is charged with being involved in two bombings in the western German city of Cologne and 15 robberies across the nation allegedly committed by the NSU.

Zschaepe, along with Mundlos and Bohnhardt, who were in their thirties when they died, shared the same fanatical national socialist view of the world, which helped to fuel and terror among immigrants through a campaign of murders, the federal prosecutor said.

In doing so, the accused had represented "a third of a triumvirate of conspiracy," prosecutors said in setting out their case against Zschaepe.

Four other suspects are also trial in Munich, accused of providing support to the far-right group.

The court decision in the marathon case is expected in the coming months.

 

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