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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 .
German neo - Nazi Sentenced to Life in Prison Over 10 Murders . Higher Regional Court in Munich ruled that Beate Zschaepe was part of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), whose members killed eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman. Neo - Nazi NSU member Beate Zschäpe
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.
German suspect in neo-Nazi trial denies role in 10 killings
The main defendant has denied responsibility for the killings in her closing statement at the five-year proceedings. In a brief personal statement at the end of a five-year trial, Beate Zschaepe distanced herself from the killings committed by the men with whom she was on the run for more than a decade. Prosecutors accuse her of being part of a far-right cell calling itself the National Socialist Underground, or NSU, that allegedly targeted migrants, killing 10 people between 2000 and 2007.
A member of a neo - Nazi group in Germany has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in 10 racially motivated murders , though her lawyer claims The victims included a German policewoman, eight Turks, and a Greek citizen, per the BBC. "This is a just punishment for the NSU's cold-blooded
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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."
German neo-Nazi murder suspect faces verdict after five-year trial
German judges give their verdict on Wednesday in the trial of a suspected neo-Nazi gang member accused of involvement in the murders of 10 people, something she denies despite apologizing to the victims' families.Prosecutors say Beate Zschaepe was part of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), whose members killed eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman over seven years from 2000.
German court hands down life sentence in neo - Nazi murder trial. Chancellor Angela Merkel promised in 2012 that there would be a "gapless" investigation into what has That Beate Zschäpe has been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of 10 people is small consolation for the victims' relatives.
One of the longest and most expensive trials in German postwar history has ended with a life sentence for the sole survivor of a Beate Zschäpe, a former member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group, was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 10 people, two
'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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