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Update on the National Socialist Underground Trial in Germany

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COMMENT: We’ve covered the neo-Nazi group The National Socialist Underground and its links to German intelligence for months.

One of the most significant aspects of the case is the fact that powerful elements within the German government are going to extraordinary lengths to eclipse the institutional connections of the group.

Turkish media were excluded from being seated at the trial of the group, many of whose victims were Turks. In addition, leading German media were left out of a “raffle” to award seating at the trial.

Germany Watch has suggested that the apparent German intelligence stewardship of the National Socialist Union may have been a vehicle to eliminate peopel with information about the 9/11 attacks.

We now learn that the families of their victims and their attorneys have despaired, suspecting that the prosecutors have no interest in pursuing justice in the case, noting their dismissal of victims families counsel attempts at introducing evidence.

“Suspected Nazi Killer Still Silent in NSU Trial”; Deutsche Welle; 1/4/2014.

EXCERPT: . . . . Chancellor Angela Merkel’s promise that the murders would be thoroughly investigated once gave them comfort, hope, and courage. But after 11 months of trial most of the plaintiffs have lost faith in a fair trial or a just sentence. Zschäpe’s self-confident, occasionally even cheerful demeanor, has played a major role in that. She has remained unmoved throughout, even when her mother and cousin testified on her behalf.

She behaves very differently towards her three defense attorneys, who always stand protectively in front of her – to make things difficult for the curious photographers – when she enters court room A 101. Zschäpe often smiles as she confers with the trio of defenders, as the visitors can clearly see from their gallery three meters above her head.

. . . . But families are also often nonplussed by the conduct of the state prosecutors when they dismiss as irrelevant their lawyers’ requests to present evidence. Sebastian Scharmer, the attorney representing the interests of the family of Mehmet Kubasik, who was murdered in Dortmund in 2006, has openly accused the prosecutors of lacking interest in investigating the murders. . . .

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  1. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/185048

    Neo-Nazis Threaten German Newspaper
    By AFP
    First Publish: 9/12/2014, 7:06 PM

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday that neo-Nazi vandalism and threats against a local newspaper in eastern Germany were “unacceptable and must be stopped.”

    This week, vandals sprayed the words “Jews” and the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil” on the office windows of the Lausitzer Rundschau, a newspaper known for its coverage of far-right groups.

    The week before, four swastikas were daubed on other offices of the paper as well as “Jews, kill them” and “We’ll get you all”. There were similar incidents against the daily in 2012.

    “These threats and acts of vandalism must be stopped and I am confident that the authorities will take the necessary precautions to ensure journalists’ safety,” the OSCE’s media representative Dunja Mijatovic said.

    “I welcome the condemnation of these attacks from the highest level of the German authorities in Brandenburg state and trust that these incidents will be swiftly and thoroughly investigated,” she said in a statement.

    The chief editor of the newspaper, Johannes Fischer, told the Berliner Zeitung daily that it would fight back with words, “the most powerful weapons against spray cans and baseball bats.”

    Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at a rally at the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin against anti-Semitism on Sunday coinciding with a World Jewish Congress (WJC) meeting in the German capital.

    Posted by Vanfield | September 12, 2014, 9:23 am

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