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Germany gripped by neo-Nazi murder trial

Germany gripped by neo-Nazi murder trial

Berlin: A high-profile neo-Nazi trial that focuses on ten mostly racially motivated murders by an underground far-right gang has started in Munich.

Beate Zschaepe, believed to be the last surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group, and four others accused of assisting the gang, are being tried.

Zschaepe, 38, is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000-2007, as well as two bombings in immigrant areas of Cologne, and 15 bank robberies.

The case has been controversial as for several years the police wrongly blamed the murders on the Turkish mafia.

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