Neo-Nazi faces trial for triple murder

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2 June 2004 , COLOGNE - A neo-Nazi former mercenary who has called for lawyers to be put to death went on trial in Germany Wednesday for the killings of a small-town attorney and his wife and daughter. The accused, 45, who has reportedly threatened to murder the prosecutors too, insisted via his defence counsel that he would only address the court if his handcuffs and leg-irons were removed. In accord with German journalistic ethics, he is only being identified in the media as Thomas A. He and his 19-year-

2 June 2004

COLOGNE - A neo-Nazi former mercenary who has called for lawyers to be put to death went on trial in Germany Wednesday for the killings of a small-town attorney and his wife and daughter.

The accused, 45, who has reportedly threatened to murder the prosecutors too, insisted via his defence counsel that he would only address the court if his handcuffs and leg-irons were removed.

In accord with German journalistic ethics, he is only being identified in the media as Thomas A.

He and his 19-year-old girlfriend allegedly shot dead and mutilated the family of three in the lawyer's office in nearby Overath last October. The accused bore a grudge because the lawyer, 61, acting for a client, had forced him to pay rent arrears back in the 1990s.

"Because of his political attitudes, he hated certain professions," prosecutor Margarete Reifferscheidt told the court.

Reportedly a hired gun in conflicts in Argentina and Zimbabwe, the man joined a neo-Nazi clique on his return to Germany and in 1996 came close to being hired as an informant by police monitoring the group, but was not approached because he was too unstable.

His girlfriend has admitted helping the murders, but denies intent to kill. The ex-mercenary has made no admission, but sent a letter after his arrest to a newspaper describing the killings as an "execution" of those "abusing the German legal system".

In addition to the murder charges, the two are charged with encouraging a friend to murder another lawyer. A court spokesman said they gave the friend the shotgun used in the triple murder as well as ammunition, saying, "Now fix your lawyer up the same way." The lawyer was not attacked.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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