Neo-Nazi denies Munich synagogue bomb plot

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11 January 2005 , MUNICH - A German neo-Nazi accused of plotting a bomb attack on the eve of a synagogue foundation-stone ceremony denied the charge in a Munich court on Tuesday and promised detailed testimony next month. Martin Wiese, 29, had till Tuesday declined to testify at the trial, where he and three aides are accused of forming a terrorist cell. German investigators believe the Wiese group is the most dangerous and violence-prone neo-Nazi group in Germany for decades. On the eighth hearing day, Wi

11 January 2005 

MUNICH - A German neo-Nazi accused of plotting a bomb attack on the eve of a synagogue foundation-stone ceremony denied the charge in a Munich court on Tuesday and promised detailed testimony next month.

Martin Wiese, 29, had till Tuesday declined to testify at the trial, where he and three aides are accused of forming a terrorist cell. German investigators believe the Wiese group is the most dangerous and violence-prone neo-Nazi group in Germany for decades.

On the eighth hearing day, Wiese confirmed the group had stockpiled explosives, but said the motivation was money.

"This served to finance our political activities," he told the state superior court. "There never was a bomb plot."

Police arrested the Wiese group in 2003, accusing them of plotting to detonate a bomb at the empty mid-city site, causing a scare that would deter dignitaries from all over Germany attending the ceremony. The stone was laid without disruption on November 9, 2003.

The neo-Nazi leader said he would respond to the charges "comprehensively" on 2 February.

At Tuesday's hearing, judges read letters from the defendants into the evidence.

One, an intercepted letter from a 28-year-old co-defendant in pretrial custody to his girlfriend, asserted he had confessed to police "so that Martin and I would mainly take the blame and to protect the less blameworthy".

The trial is to resume 19 January after a change in Wiese's defence team after one of his lawyers suffered a stroke.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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