Police vans transporting Stephan Balliet, who stands accused of carrying out Halle synagogue shooting in 2019, were seen arriving at the Magdeburg district court on Tuesday morning, as his trial began.
Anti-fascist demonstrators protested outside the court in solidarity with the victims of the attack.
On October 9, 2019, the 27-year-old allegedly opened fire in the vicinity of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle, after failing to gain entry to the building, killing two people. He was arrested in the town of Zeitz and charged with two counts of murder, and several of attempted murder, with 'anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic' intention.
One of the victims was slain in a Jewish cemetery outside the synagogue while the other was gunned down in a nearby kebab shop.