Lawyer for neo-Nazi Wiese offers plea bargain

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7 April 2005, MUNICH - A lawyer for a neo-Nazi charged with forming a terrorist organisation in Germany offered a plea bargain on Wednesday, a day after four school-age followers of Martin Wiese walked free with suspended jail terms.

7 April 2005

MUNICH - A lawyer for a neo-Nazi charged with forming a terrorist organisation in Germany offered a plea bargain on Wednesday, a day after four school-age followers of Martin Wiese walked free with suspended jail terms.

Wiese, 29, and three lieutenants are currently facing the most serious charges in decades against German neo-Nazis after police stumbled onto an alleged plot to bomb an empty building site for a synagogue only hours before a foundation-stone ceremony there.

In a first trial, three girls and a boy were let go on Tuesday. Wiese lawyer Guenther Herzogenrath-Amelung told reporters he had sat in court to hear that "interesting" verdict and would approach prosecutors to discuss bringing the Wiese trial to a quick end.

Wiese faces between 3 and 15 years in jail if convicted of leading a terror group. The lawyer said a double-digit sentence was out of the question, but he did not say what term Wiese would accept.

Police arrested the group long before the 9 November 2003 synagogue ceremony in Munich, so no violence was actually committed.

Meanwhile a court in Nuremberg, north of Munich, convicted a neo-Nazi, 46, of inciting racial hatred with remarks at rallies and on a website. The man, who was sentenced to two years and nine months in jail, failed to show up in court.

Describing him as a coward, the judge ordered police to find him. He had insulted both Jews and the German state, then regaled the court for days with "sickening" speeches, the judge said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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