Berlin bans three neo-Nazi gangs

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9 March 2005 , BERLIN - Three neo-Nazi gangs were banned on Wednesday in a crackdown on rightists by Berlin's city government. Interior Senator Ehrhart Körting outlawed the small groups, known "Kameradschaften". No details on the number of members involved were immediately available but officials said a news briefing would be held later in the day. A court in the neighbouring city of Potsdam ruled on Monday that neo-Nazi youths in a similar group, who firebombed restaurants and shops owned by Turks a

9 March 2005

BERLIN  - Three neo-Nazi gangs were banned on Wednesday in a crackdown on rightists by Berlin's city government.

Interior Senator Ehrhart Körting outlawed the small groups, known "Kameradschaften". No details on the number of members involved were immediately available but officials said a news briefing would be held later in the day.

A court in the neighbouring city of Potsdam ruled on Monday that neo-Nazi youths in a similar group, who firebombed restaurants and shops owned by Turks and Vietnamese, were members of a terrorist organization.

It was the first time since the 1980s that a German court convicted any member of a far-right organization on charges of forming a terrorist group.

Nobody was hurt in the attacks carried out in 2003 and 2004 in a rural region of Brandenburg state. The gang leader was given a four-and-a-half year prison term and the other 11 members were given suspended sentences of between eight months and two years.

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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