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LAST_UPDATESun, 15 Jul 2018 9pm

Neo-Nazi Beate Zschaepe Sentenced To Life In Prison

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BERLIN -- Beate Zschaepe, the last surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror cell, has been sentenced to life in prison, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

A Munich court found 43 year-old Zschaepe, guilty of aiding and abetting deadly attacks on migrant families and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007.

The court asserted a strong severity of guilt in Zschaepe's case and concurred with the request made by the prosecutors to convict her on ten accounts of murder.

This marks the end of one of the largest and most complex trials in Germany since World War II.

Formed in 1999, the NSU was a far-right (Neo Nazi) terror cell that consisted of Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Boehnhardt and Beate Zschaepe.

In the following eight years, they planned the murder of eight German citizens from Turkish families, one German citizen with Greek heritage and one German policewoman.

The Neo Nazi group also committed 15 robberies and was responsible for a pipe bomb attack in Cologne in 2004 which left 22 injured.

--BERNAMA