Germany: Zschaepe to appeal against life sentence for neo-Nazi killing spree

Several attorneys gave short statements to the waiting media inside the Higher Regional Court in Munich on Wednesday after judge Manfred Goetzl handed verdicts to five defendants from the neo-Nazi terror group National Socialist Underground (NSU). One of the trial's figureheads, Beate Zschaepe, was sentenced to life in prison for complicity in the terror activities of the organisation. Anja... Еще Sturm, Zschaepe's public defender in the NSU trial, said that the foundation for the conviction was insufficient. «In our view the verdict is wrong and we will appeal against it,» said Sturm. On the other hand, Herbert Diemer, General Public Prosecutor said: «That we have this verdict is the success of a country with the rule of law. The Senate followed us on all the decisive points.» The NSU killed 10 people between 2000-2007, eight of whom were of Turkish origin; the other victims were a Greek man and a German police officer. The NSU aimed to terrorise minorities and coerce them into leaving the country. The NSU also carried out two bombings and a string of bank robberies during the period of their activity.

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