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Prosecutors brand German extremist group as 'terrorists' in trial

Europe
17.01.2018
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Dresden, Germany (dpa) - Prosecutors in Germany called for eight members of a right-wing extremist group to be convicted of forming a terrorist organization at a heavily guarded trial in eastern Germany on Wednesday.

Summing up the case for the defence, prosecutor Joern Hauschild said in the Dresden court that the seven men and one woman had taken into account the possibility that people could be killed in the bomb attacks allegedly planned by the group.

Two of the accused, named only as Timo S and Patrick F under Germany‘s strict privacy laws, were the ringleaders of the group, prosecutors said.

The group wanted "to create a climate of fear" and sought to "deny the right [of foreigners and political opponents] to live in freedom," Hauschild said.

Two people were injured in five attacks on refugee accommodations and political opponents that took place in 2015 in Dresden and Freital, a nearby town.

Federal prosecutors took the case over from state authorities in April 2016 after they saw a case for terrorism-related charges.

Dresden is the capital of the eastern state of Saxony, which has been the scene of violent clashes and anti-foreigner sentiments since almost 1 million migrants came to Germany in 2015.

 

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