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    Formal disciplinary procedures have begun against both the Chief General of the Armed Forces Office (a 4-star with only 4 months left until pension) and his judiciary advisor that together allowed Franco A. to rewrite his master thesis in 2014 rather than running disciplinary investigations against him. Since the infraction is longer than six months ago such formal disciplinary procedures can only be started if the "intended outcome" is punishment through disciplinary arrest, a reduction in rank, docking salary, reducing pension or similar. Informal investigations against the two began two weeks ago.

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    The way Franco A. got his asylum hearing has been analyzed: The translator - a Moroccan - did have grave doubts about the person who only spoke a little Arabic and semi-fluent French (with some other oddities in his claims) but says she did not dare to voice them since she deduced him to likely be an Israeli trying to get asylum posing as a Syrian.

    No comparable cases have been found in BAMF files; 2,000 cases which involved the same particular staff have been investigated. BAMF is now pushing ahead the - previously scheduled for later in the year - revision hearings for about 80,000 to 100,000 people who got asylum during the same year and fit certain criteria (men between 18 and 35 or 40 years from 10 countries) on a more general basis.

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    The Beate Zschäpe NSU case is slowly coming to an end after a couple years: The court has closed the witness hearings. Before the summer break - beginning on tuesday - the final speech of the prosecution is still due, planned to take 22 hours. Defense is trying to push it past the summer break through injunctions asking for the speech to be taped or stenotyped, which the judge denied them yesterday. The victim attorneys - 62 attorneys representing 86 people - will hold their speeches in September, after the summer break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    The trial started today.

    NSU neo-Nazi murder trial opens in Munich | News | DW.DE | 06.05.2013
    German NSU Neo Nazi Trial Starts in Munich - SPIEGEL ONLINE

    After opening, the trial was postponed until next tuesday since the defendant questions the judges neutrality (Anadolu News agency article). This accusation will be examined by an independent panel of peers before the next court day.

    Edit, P.S.: Both Zschäpe and Wohlleben raised the non-neutrality question. Zschäpe's attorneys used the fact that unlike other official attendants of the trial they were searched for weapons and hence the court apparently considers them criminals (the attorneys are court-appointed duty councils); Wohlleben's attorneys bemourn the fact that he only got two court-appointed duty councils, not three like Zschäpe (the other three accused only got one guy paid for each, due to the lesser gravity of their crimes).
    Good Lord...four years ago and still ongoing.

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    The defense is pretty efficient in drawing the case out ad nauseam. Every time the judge tried to close witness hearings over the last half year or so so they could move to the final stage the defense would challenge the court as biased. There are estimates that due to required security etc each court day so far cost about 150,000 Euro and hence just trying the case so far cost the state 55-60 million Euro.

    Of the five accused only two are sitting in jail: Beate Zschäpe herself and Wohlleben. Carsten S., the guy who transferred the gun from Wohlleben to the two dead NSU members, pretty early started talking and is currently in a witness protection program; his account included another explosives attack by NSU in June 1999 that had not been connected to them previously. The other two accused, Holger G. and Andre E. are at their homes since their likely sentences won't be sufficient to put them in jail for 4-5 years during the trial; both Wohlleben and Zschäpe can expect severely more than just 4-5 years, with the time they're in now being counted against their future sentences.

    Seven witnesses in the case have died since its beginning including one from old age (she was 80) with the other six...: two supposedly committed suicide by setting their cars on fire while sitting in them (... one while on the way to police to make a statement, the other two years before Zschäpe was arrested); one, the ex-girlfriend of the one who burned to death during the trial, died two years later from an ebolism after scratching her leg in a bike crash; one - the ex-fiance of the biker - killed himself in some other way a year later; one - a domestic intelligence informant in witness protection - died from undiagnosed diabetes; one was cremated inbetween the court being told she was dead and trying to get an autopsy order.

    The deaths are mostly used for propaganda by far-right extremist media claiming some sort of conspiracy by the state to shut up people who could get Zschäpe out of a sentence. Left media instead suspects some small group or an individual going around killing witnesses who could get that person into the police's sights; this is in particular fueled by three facts: that one of the two guys who burned to death had previously claimed that he knew who precisely had shot a police officer in 2007 (which is one of the murders Zschäpe is accused of); that all these seven dead witnesses are particular to that one single murder (... and not the 15 or so others); and that several police officers who had served with the one killed - including her direct superior - had been members of the European White Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan for a few months five years earlier before it was dissolved.

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