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6th Day of Trial Short Report: The Accused was Hoarding Weapon Parts for Years

On August 25, 2020, the trial against the alleged assassin of Halle resumed after a three-week break. On the sixth day of the trial, six members of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) were questioned – three of whom as experts and three as witnesses – about the weapons and explosives used in the attack. […]

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5th Day of Trial Short Report: Expert Report Regarding the Weapons Used: All Potentially Lethal

Only one hour was scheduled for the 5th day of the trial against the alleged assassin of Halle on August 03, 2020. A forensic expert report on the accused’s self-made weapons was read out and a self-reading procedure for various documents was ordered by the presiding judge Mertens, which was criticized by several representatives of […]

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4th Day of Trial Short Report: “The signs were there, we must not overlook them”

Six family members and acquaintance of the accused were summoned to the fourth day of the trial- 29 July 2020. The presiding judge Mertens announced at the beginning of the day that the witness M., an acquaintance of the defendant, had sent a certificate stating that he was unable to travel due to illness and […]

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3rd Day of Trial Short Report: A Well Connected Lone-Wolf?

On the third day of the trial, the questioning of the accused was continued by the representatives of the co-plaintiffs. In addition to specific questions regarding details on the course of the crime or statements made by the accused on the first two days of the hearing, the representatives of the co-plaintiffs asked particular questions […]

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2nd Day of Trial Short Report: The Co-Plaintiffs Crack the Accused’s Aloofness

The second day of the trial began with reading letters from Stephan B.’s relatives by the defense, according to which all family members of the accused – father, mother and sister – who had been summoned as witnesses would make use of their right to refuse testimony. The judge responded with accepting the witnesses’ refusal. […]

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1st Day of Trial Short Report: Radical Right-Wing Rants in Court

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Ursula Mertens, presiding judge at the Naumburg Higher Regional Court, opened the main hearing against the suspected assassin of Halle with a delay of almost two hours. Due to increased security precautions and for capacity reasons, the trial will be held in the Magdeburg Regional Court building.  The Federal Prosecutor […]

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International far-right extremists commemorate Nazi collaborator Lukov

About 250 neo-Nazis commemorated the Bulgarian fascist and Nazi collaborator Hristo Lukov on the evening of 22.2.2020 in Sofia. Already since 2003 neo-Nazis have been organizing a torchlight march on the occasion of Lukov’s death. This year it was forbidden on short notice. Only one meeting was allowed, in which right-wing extremists from Bulgaria (Bulgarian […]

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German neo-Nazis at SS commemoration march in Budapest

A few thousand people took part in a commemorative march in the Buda Hills during the night of 8-9 February 2020. The 60-kilometre-long “escape” march refers to the Battle of Budapest in the winter of 1944/45. Hundreds of participants wore Nazi uniforms, badges and weapons. Checkpoints where stamps were distributed were decorated with swastikas, insignia […]

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German neo-Nazis commemorate Waffen-SS in Budapest

On 8 February 2020, 500 neo-Nazis took part in the annual commemoration of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS in Budapest. Besides participants from Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, France and the US, neo-Nazis from Germany took part in the fascist “Day of Honour”. The German neo-Nazi Matthias Deyda (Die Rechte) again glorified Adolf Hitler in […]