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Mother of neo-Nazi says fair trial unlikely
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Mother of neo-Nazi says fair trial unlikely

Published: 03 Feb 2013 13:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Feb 2013 13:54 GMT+01:00

“My daughter is in the eyes of many people already condemned,” she said. “I’m of the opinion that it is no longer about investigating the case objectively,” Annerose Zschäpe told the magazine. Her family’s situation is “very difficult,” she said.

Her daughter will have to answer to a Munich court on 10 charges of aiding or assisting in the 10 murders tied to the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a neo-Nazi group.

The older Zschäpse also said some in Germany want to turn the trial into a show process and a forum for the radical right.

That has a lot to do with the media, she said. “Part of what I told the police has been inaccurately repeated in the press or it has been taken out of context,” she said.

The 60-year-old said she has a lot to say that will make things clear but she did not want to make further comments before the murder trial of her daughter begins on April 17th.

The trial will have limited public access, with 50 journalists and 50 members of the public allowed in, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday. The court rejected a request to allow a live transmission of the proceedings to another room.

“We are undertaking a rule of law procedure and not a show process for the public,” said Karl Huber, the president of the upper regional court where the trial will be heard.

“We are not holding the trial in a soccer stadium, as totalitarian regimes do,” he said.

Huber emphasized that the trial is a German trial according to German law – even though there is a lot of international interest in it.

He acknowledged that the Norwegian trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo set the standards for transparency, but the Munich court cannot replicate that.

He said security was a top priority – not only for a few weeks but for the whole year – and the court had to take special precautions so the trial would not become a platform for radical right sympathisers.

“We will not allow the NSU trial to turn into a spectacle for the radical right,” he told the magazine.

Zschäpe is accused of helping Neonazis Uwe Böhnhardt und Uwe Mundlos in 10 murderers, nine of which involved the killing of people with an immigrant background. The two killed themselves in November of 2011.

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Your comments about this article

19:57 February 3, 2013 by jarkis
She is 100% right...
20:00 February 3, 2013 by vonSchwerin
Yeah, if Germany isn't impartial enough, maybe they could have the trial in France, Holland, or Poland. The public there has NO biases against Nazis or hypernationalist, racist Germans. Ha ha!
23:54 February 3, 2013 by Bigfoot76
The only place she would not have a bias against her is Iran. But she would considered a hero there not a criminal.
09:20 February 4, 2013 by wood artist
The trial is her opportunity to present whatever evidence she has that she wasn't involved. I admit that the information made public thus far makes it seem likely she was involved to at least some degree, but perhaps there's more we haven't heard. In any case, I have a reasonable level of faith that the court will weigh the evidence and yield a reasonable verdict.

Her mother is probably correct, but only because any trial regarding these crimes is going to become, to some degree, a forum for political views. While this may not reach the same level, a good comparison would be the trial of the leaders of the RAF, although they sought to make it political in the first place. If the motives were political, it's a little hard to complain that the trial will include dealing with that.

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10:00 February 4, 2013 by zeddriver
She does in fact deserve a fair trial. All evidence should be considered

Yet in the back of my mind. She and her friends apparently did these deeds for a political cause that would and in fact DID deny the very same rights that her mother is demanding for her daughter.
12:11 February 4, 2013 by michael4096
In her case, she has already admitted involvement and she turned herself in so she is arguing depth of involvement and extenuating circumstances, I guess. She should be entitled to do that fairly.
19:19 February 4, 2013 by raandy
She will make it through the system, its will take a little more time for the news media to move on to the next issue. She in the mean time has lots of compromising information to give, the prosecution has her now. Her two former partners in rebellion have managed to commit suicide,,, hardly their style.
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