German neo-Nazi murder trial reaches climax

A Munich court is poised to deliver its verdict on a neo-Nazi terror cell accused of 10 murders – one of modern Germany’s biggest criminal cases.

The case exposed serious shortcomings in the German state’s monitoring of neo-Nazis.

The main defendant is Beate Zschäpe, accused of complicity in the murders, which took place across several regions from 2000 to 2007.

She shared a flat with two men, who died in an apparent suicide pact in 2011 after a botched robbery. The bodies of Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt were found in a burnt-out caravan.

Image caption The Ceska pistol and silencer allegedly used in all but one of the murders

What are the allegations?

According to prosecutors, Mundlos and Böhnhardt shot eight ethnic Turks, a Greek citizen and a policewoman in execution-style killings.

The killers lived with Ms Zschäpe in Zwickau, eastern Germany, and formed a clandestine National Socialist Underground (NSU) cell, bent on destabilising the country through racist terror, the prosecutors say.

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