German neo-Nazi murder probe eyes more suspects

18th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

German officials have identified two more suspects in their probe into 10 murders blamed on a far-right cell, the federal prosecutor said Friday, in a case that has shocked the country.

"There are other suspects in the sights" of the justice authorities, prosecutor Harald Range told a news conference, specifying later it was two people but giving no further details.

Germany is reeling after the discovery of a small neo-Nazi group believed to be responsible for the unsolved murders of eight men of Turkish origin and a Greek between 2000 and 2006 as well as a policewoman in 2007.

A 36-year-old woman and another suspected accomplice are in custody, while two men, also in their 30s and found dead in an apparent suicide, left behind a DVD in which they claimed responsibility for the murders.

The chief of the federal police, Joerg Ziercke, told reporters they were also looking into the existence of a possible support network for the National Socialist Underground group.

Meanwhile a working group has been set up to examine whether to pursue a ban of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told reporters.

Germany's constitutional court struck down an attempt to ban the party in 2003 saying the use of paid informants blurred the lines of responsibility in the party and undermined the legal case against it.

© 2011 AFP

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