Germany indicts 11 members of neo-Nazi group

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28 November 2007, Dresden - German prosecutors have indicted 11 members of Sturm 34, a neo-Nazi group which was outlawed in April after racist violence in and near the town of Mittweida, an official said Tuesday.

28 November 2007

Dresden - German prosecutors have indicted 11 members of Sturm 34, a neo-Nazi group which was outlawed in April after racist violence in and near the town of Mittweida, an official said Tuesday.

Geert Mackenroth, justice minister of Saxony state, added that the prosecutors had conducted 54 sets of proceedings, a term which includes ordering summary fines, against Sturm 34 members.

The 11 would face serious charges including establishing a criminal organization, he said.

He was responding to allegations that the crackdown on Sturm 34 had been too lax.

Earlier this month, four louts used a sharp object to scratch a swastika in the skin of teenage girl's hip after she had defended a 6-year-old immigrant girl from a racist attack in Mittweida. One of the attackers had Sturm 34 badges in his possession.

Rural areas of Saxony state have been especially susceptible to neo-Nazis.

The mayor of Mittweida, Matthias Damm, wrote to residents Tuesday asking them to come forward with evidence against the four attackers, saying a conviction was needed to prevent more damage to the community's good name.

DPA

Subject: German news

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