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New suspect detained in neo-Nazi terror case

The Local · 13 Nov 2011, 14:22

Published: 13 Nov 2011 14:22 GMT+01:00

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The authorities said on Sunday that they had arrested 37-year-old Holger G. and searched his apartment near Hannover. Prosecutors are now investigating whether he had any part in the crimes alleged to have been carried out by the terror cell, including the 2007 slaying of a policewoman and the killing of nine foreign-born food vendors and shop-owners from 2000 to 2006.

Federal prosecutors, who took over the case on Friday, had at first focused their attention on three neo-Nazis who had lived in an apartment in Zwickau, Saxony. The two male suspects killed themselves after a botched bank robbery last week and the third suspect, a woman, handed herself into police.

The man now detained by the authorities is alleged to have had been in contact with the other three since the late 1990s. He is thought to have given them his driving license and passport in 2007. He is also suspected of renting caravans for the group on several occasions.

Investigators have already linked the Zwickau trio to the so-called "döner kebab murders" and the policewoman’s killing after finding the guns used in the attacks at their apartment.

They also found DVDs in which the men reportedly claimed responsibility for the racist murders and said they were members of a far-right group called the "National Socialist Underground," which they described as a "network of comrades with the basic principle of actions instead of words."

In one 15-minute video, the men also announced that they intended to carry out further attacks.

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger insisted on a speedy and complete investigation in to the series of killings.

"The information that we have so far creates a shocking image," she said on Sunday.

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She also called for a rigorous investigation into the dimensions of far-right networks and organizations in Germany.

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Your comments about this article

00:51 November 14, 2011 by padu
I guess more than half of Germans share the same believe as these gang but dont say it.
01:30 November 14, 2011 by Redwing
@padu. I guess your guess is wrong. Far fewer than half of Germans share the belief of this gang but don't admit to it.
03:08 November 14, 2011 by John Monahan
I think you are both wrong. Germans are very open people.

If they have opinions, they will voice them without fear.

As far as support for Nazism is concerned, we should all learn

from history. As long as we remember our history, the likes of

a maniac like Hitler will never again rise to power.

Unfortunately, there is a tiny minority who admire what he stood

for. Not just Germans, but I've also come across a few British fans.

Yesterday, here in England, we commemorated Remembrance Day.

When I lived in Germany 11 years ago, I was shocked to find some

people were offended by our commemoration.

They thought it was an annual victory parade to "rub Germans' noses

in it".

I had to explain that it was a memorial service to all servicemen who

had died in all conflicts, not just the World Wars involving Germany.

And also, many German ex-Servicemen have been present in the past,

as former enemies in the spirit of reconciliation.

The purpose of Rememberance Day is that we should never lose sight of what happened throughout history, so that we never repeat those dreadful

10:08 November 14, 2011 by Warlock1
They kill 9 foreigners between 2000 to 2006 and the cops don't bother to track these murderers down. 1 (German) cop gets killed and they get'em in few days?
10:30 November 14, 2011 by PawD
Why just blame the Germans? Almost all European countries are anti-immigrant... or in other words Xenophobic. They just can't tolerate more qualified people of other races (esp. of other colors) displacing them from their jobs... Nazi-ism is just an extreme form of Xenophobia!

On the contrary to what the above people have stated, compared to other European countries Germany is much more open to foreigners... atleast compared to England/France!
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