Right-wing extremist “freital group” will be tried

Right-wing extremist'gruppe freital' wird der prozess gemacht

Demo against refugees in Freital on 26.06.2015: "No place to flee". Freital_26.06.2015_(23754759824).jpg:Image: De Havilland/CC BY-2.0

Trial begins against the right-wing terrorist group, which according to the indictment wanted to create a climate of fear against political opponents and asylum seekers

On Tuesday, in Saxony, before the State Protection Chamber of the Dresden Higher Regional Court, the trial of the right-wing terrorist group classified as a "Freital Group" started. The eight defendants are accused of carrying out five attacks on asylum shelters and political opponents. The Federal Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe had taken over the investigation. He accuses the group of forming a terrorist organization. The trial is therefore taking place under strict security precautions, but there were swastika graffiti in the surrounding area the night before.

To the "Freital Group" According to the indictment, the right-wing extremist and bus driver Timo S. (28) as well as the hooligan, warehouse worker and pizza service employee Patrick F. (25). Both are also accused of Radelsfuhrerschaft. Six xenophobic to right-wing extremists are sitting next to them "Normalburgers who became radicalized" (FAZ), aged between 19 and 39, in the dock. The Attorney General accuses all of them of forming a terrorist organization, attempted murder, dangerous bodily harm, damage to property, causing explosive detonations, and preparation of "Explosive crime" with barrel bombs before.

The "Freital group" In the summer and fall of 2015, individual members of the group allegedly carried out at least five attacks on the car of a left-wing city councilor, on a left-wing office, on refugee shelters in Freital, and on the alternative living project "Nizkor" in Dresden have verubt. They are said to have contributed to the five accused attacks with two injured people in different composition and participation. For the explosion crimes they are said to have used, among other things, illegal bollards with high explosive power. According to the indictment, they wanted to "create a climate of fear and repression" and had the killing of people "approvingly accepted".

Special police units arrested five suspected right-wing terrorists in Freital, Saxony, in April 2016 (From Virtual Radicalism to Real Terrorism). The four men and one woman, as well as others who were imprisoned at the time "Comrades" were said to have founded a brown terrorist group and attacked asylum seekers’ homes, but also political dissidents (attack on vehicle of left-wing city councilor). The Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office loved to search apartments and houses in the district town near Dresden with a large-scale operation involving the GSG9.

Prosecutor General’s Office in Dresden initially did not want to recognize an organized group

For months before "concerned citizens", Hooligans and right-wing extremists demonstrated massively against the accommodation of asylum seekers, so that the atmosphere became extremely heated (Unfortunately, a whole normal city in Saxony). The members of the group thus apparently saw themselves confirmed in carrying out violence against refugee helpers and attacks on asylum seekers. However, the Dresden Prosecutor General’s Office had not been able to identify any organized group in Freital, unlike the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which later took over the investigation and brought charges of forming a terrorist organization.

According to the investigators’ findings, the Freital group, which is said to have been founded in mid-2015, also exchanged information clandestinely via social networks, chat and messenger services, and coordinated individual acts in these ways. Partly this is said to have been done conspiratorially using language and word codes, on the other hand it is also said to have been openly propagated that one could "Nazi terror" EXCERPT. In view of the neo-Nazi curriculum vitae of Timo S. perhaps a not so surprising development. Co-defendants allegedly viewed him as an alpha or lead wolf.

The procedure and the group structure are reminiscent of the "Oldschool Society" (OSS), which, however, acted much more amateurishly and was stopped even before real acts were committed. Their alleged instigators are now trying to get out of the trial in Munich by saying that they only bragged verbally, but never actually planned the deeds. The courtroom was overshadowed by the "Freital Group" because at times up to three police officers were suspected of having leaked official secrets to the right-wing extremists. Investigations against two of the officers with a paternal or familiar relationship to the defendants were discontinued, a third officer remains suspended. He remains under investigation for leaking internal agency information.

The Dresden Higher Regional Court has set up a high-security courtroom for the trial at a cost of 5.5 million euros, on the site of an empty refugee shelter in Dresden, of all places. The courtroom offers enough space for the court, the eight defendants, their two defense attorneys, the representatives of the Attorney General as well as the joint plaintiffs, their attorneys, media representatives and spectators. All regular sales of the Dresden Higher Regional Court met neither the security requirements nor the expected public interest.

In the run-up to the trial, the defendants’ defense lawyers did not dispute some of the acts and their punishability, but they said the defendants were not terrorists. According to "Sachsischer Zeitung" are the investigators "Some of the defendants made extensive statements in which they tried to relativize their own contributions to the crime". At the beginning of the trial, the first ie was whether prejudice motions could be filed before the indictment was read out.

Presiding Judge Thomas Fresemann continued the arraignment, however, against the defense attorneys’ request, by. The first witnesses and victims are expected to appear at the end of March. The trial is expected to last until September, with around 60 days of hearings scheduled so far.

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