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Thursday, August 22, 2013

German Nazi cell murders went unnoticed for over decade

German Nazi cell murders went unnoticed for over decade

A German neo-Nazi cell escaped the attention of authorities and went on a killing spree, which earned the country’s security forces huge criticism from a parliamentary committee. The nine racist murders the group is accused of have gone unpunished for over a decade. An investigation into the National Socialist Underground (NSU), which was suddenly uncovered in 2011, has revealed a catalogue of errors. These mistakes were made at all levels of the state and police, and led to a failure in spotting racial motives behind Greek and Turkish murders. The last living suspected member of the NSU, Beate Zchaepe, went on trial in May, for complicity in multiple murders, 15 bank robberies and two bombings in immigrant areas of Cologne. She faces life imprisonment. Two of her suspected accomplices committed suicide in 2011. The case has shaken up the country’s security services and struck at the heart of German society, which has spent the better part of a century apologizing for the crimes of its long-gone national-socialist regime.