Beate Zschäpe in Germany, found guilty for the murder of ten people, membership of a terrorist organization and bomb attacks. She gets a lifetime, but is in appeal.
Beate Zschäpe is the main suspect in the process against neonazigroep NSU, that on 6 may 2013 began. The judge stressed the seriousness of the facts. That means that they may be at least 15 years prison.
The 43-year-old woman showed no emotion when her sentence was pronounced. She is considered mededader of ten murders, two bombings and dozens of robberies. That committed between 2000 and 2007, together with her two lovers-accomplices, Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos. In 2011, they did commit suicide after a failed bank robbery.
Eight of their ten victims were of Turkish origin. Therefore, the case became known as the ‘kebabmoorden’. Together we found the culprit, the linchpin of a small, but very violent extreme right-wing terrorist network, the national socialist Underground, or NSU. According to the prosecution sought to the NSU for a ‘buitenlandersvrij’ Germany.
Zschäpe held during the process of that they don’t know and that they had nothing to do with the murders. For example, there were no material evidence that she was present at the attacks. The defense demanded the acquittal for all the charges of murder and committing terrorist attacks, but that is the court so ignored. Her lawyers appealed.
Four men are found guilty for the support of the group. They have prison sentences between two and a half to ten years.
That a terrorist cell for years and years in hiding could live, made time for a political shock wave in Germany. Because eight of the ten victims of Turkish companies were, thought the police that the to accounts within the Turkish environment. Family members of the victims were also suspects considered. “The investigation went in the wrong direction, not by failures of individuals, but by institutional racism”, said Alexander Hoffmann, a lawyer for victims represents.