Munich court delays neo-Nazi trial

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Munich court delays neo-Nazi trial

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Wednesday’s trial in Munich of a suspected neo-Nazi charged with a string of immigrant murders has been delayed for another three weeks.

The postponement has been ordered by a high court to guarantee seats to media from Turkey where most of the suspect’s victims come from. A mix up over accreditation had left no room for foreign press.

“The court should have thought from the beginning that the Turkish press would have a huge interest in this process but obviously it was not considered,” said Turkish journalist Celal Öczan.

It is the latest in a series of mishaps which have exposed a bungled investigation, a failure to share information and an entrenched disregard of the far right.

Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckhardt said: “ We should stop all this talk about who comes to the trial as it is distracting from the disastrous situation arising from right-wing terrorism and the subsequent mistrust that has arisen.”

Thirty-eight-year-old Beate Zschaepe is accused of being the founder member of a neo-Nazi cell and of complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman during a decade-long killing spree.