Court rules neo-Nazis members of terrorist group

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7 March 2005, POTSDAM - A court in Germany ruled on Monday that 11 neo-Nazi youths who carried out attacks on foreign-owned property were members of a terrorist organisation. It is the first time since the 1970s and 1980s that a German court has convicted any member of a far-right organization on a charge of forming a terrorist group. The court in Potsdam near Berlin sentenced the gang leader to four-and-a-half years in jail. Eleven other defendants were handed suspended sentences of between eight months a

7 March 2005

POTSDAM - A court in Germany ruled on Monday that 11 neo-Nazi youths who carried out attacks on foreign-owned property were members of a terrorist organisation.

It is the first time since the 1970s and 1980s that a German court has convicted any member of a far-right organization on a charge of forming a terrorist group.

The court in Potsdam near Berlin sentenced the gang leader to four-and-a-half years in jail. Eleven other defendants were handed suspended sentences of between eight months and two years.

The accused denied the charge of forming a terrorist group but admitted carrying out a total of 10 attacks on foreign-owned snackbars and shops between August 2003 and May 2004.

The youths, who at the time were aged between 14 and 18, had formed the rightwing group "Freikorps" to carry out the attacks. No one was injured but damage was put at about USD one million dollars. 

DPA

Subject: German news 
 

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