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World Life in prison for German neo-Nazi for 10 murders

16:41  11 july  2018
16:41  11 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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MUNICH (Reuters) - A German woman was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for her part in the murders of 10 people during a seven-year campaign of violence by a neo - Nazi gang.

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MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 03: Defendant Beate Zschaepe waits for the start of the 437th day of their trial on terror charges in connection with the neo-Nazi NSU group at the Oberlandesgericht courthouse on July 3, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Lawyers are presenting their final arguments today in the marathon trial, which is now into its sixth year, before judges give their verdict next week. Zschaepe and four co-defendants are charged in their roles in supporting neo-Nazis Uwe Boenhardt and Uwe Mundlos, who embarked on a murder spree of nine immigrants and one policewoman between 2000 and 2007. The case is among the most embarrassing and scandalous in modern German police history, as investigators failed to connect the murders within a neo-Nazi context until both men died following a botched bank robbery in 2011. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images): Defendant Beate Zschaepe waits for the start of the 437th day of her trial on terror charges in Munich, Germany, on July 3, 2018. © Joerg Koch/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images Defendant Beate Zschaepe waits for the start of the 437th day of her trial on terror charges in Munich, Germany, on July 3, 2018.

One of the sole surviving members of a German neo-Nazi network was found guilty Wednesday of 10 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Beate Zschaepe, 43, was a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing terror group responsible for the murders of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek citizen (known as the Ceska murders) and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings in the city of Cologne and 15 bank robberies.

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MUNICH (Reuters) - A German woman was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for her part in the murders of 10 people during a seven-year campaign of violence by a neo - Nazi gang.

A German court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo - Nazi trial guilty of killing 10 people – most of them migrants – who were gunned The judges sentenced Beate Zschäpe to life in prison for murder , membership of a terrorist organisation, bomb attacks that injured dozens, and several

The verdict was announced at a court in Munich in Bavaria, southern Germany, where Judge Manfred Goetzl noted the "particular severity" of Zschaepe's guilt as he handed down the sentence.

Zschaepe was convicted on all charges, including the 10 murders, 32 counts of attempted murder related to the Cologne bombings, robberies and membership of a terrorist group, according to the verdict.

The trial was one of the longest in German history, lasting more than five years, and one of the most scandalous, as evidence emerged that police had failed to investigate right-wing motives in several of the murder cases. The revelations led to an inquiry into how police had neglected to follow key leads.

It was only after two members of the NSU - Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt - died following a botched bank robbery in an apparent suicide pact and left behind a video confessing their crimes that police began investigating the group in connection with the murders.

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Following their deaths, Zschaepe set fire to the apartment in Zwickau where the three lived before handing herself in to police. During the trial, she confessed to arson but claimed not to know about the murders until after they happened.

The trial had gripped the German nation since it began in 2013, but acquired new significance as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees entered the country in 2015 and 2016, triggering a spike in racially motivated attacks and a shift to the right by several political parties as they sought to counter the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann welcomed Wednesday's announcement, calling the sentence "a just punishment" for "the cold-blooded and unprecedented series of crimes by the NSU."

Zschaepe's lawyer, Mathis Grasel, pledged to appeal the verdict, which he described as "legally untenable."

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The only surviving member of a German neo - Nazi cell behind a string of racist murders was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison , capping a mammoth trial that began in May 2013. Beate Zschaepe, 43, was found guilty of 10 counts of murder in deadly shootings of nine Turkish and

MUNICH -- A German court on Wednesday found the main defendant in a high-profile neo - Nazi trial guilty over the killing of 10 people -- most of them migrants -- who were Judges sentenced Beate Zschaepe to life in prison for murder , membership of a terrorist organization, bomb attacks that

'Wholly criminally responsible'

In her final speech in court last week, Zschaepe spoke of her "sincere regret" and repeated her claim that she did not know about the murders until after they happened, German media reported.

Zschaepe's current lawyers were calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her first legal team, dropped partway through the trial, were seeking her immediate release, according to media reports of the trial.

The federal prosecutor had called for a life sentence, arguing that Zschaepe "is wholly criminally responsible for her actions" and describing her as an "ice-cold, calculating person," reports said.

Prison sentences were also handed down for four accomplices, according to the verdict.

Ralf W., convicted of being an accessory in the nine Ceska murders, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; Holger G. received a three-year sentence for supporting a terrorist organization; and Andre A. was sentenced to two years and six months for the same crime. Adolescent Carsten S. received a three-year sentence in a youth facility for aiding and abetting the Ceska murders.

Kevin Tschierse reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London.  CNN's Nadine Schmidt and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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