German far-right terror group members jailed for attacks

From BBC - March 7, 2018

A German court has jailed eight members of the far-right group called Freital, for a number of crimes including attempted murder and terror offences.

Prosecutors said the group's members attempted to create a "climate of fear" with a series of attacks on political opponents and refugees in 2015.

The group modified pyrotechnics purchased in neighbouring Czech Republic to use in explosives attacks.

A prosecutor said it was lucky that they had not killed anyone.

The group Freital is named after the members' hometown, which gained notoriety over a series of anti-immigration protests at the height of the European migrant crisis.

The trial lasted a year, and was held in a temporary courtroom complex on the outskirts of the eastern city of Dresden under tight security.

The group were found guilty of two attacks on refugee homes, two on far-left political offices and one on a residential complex.

A Syrian refugee suffered "multiple cuts" to his face after explosives were thrown into a refugee housing centre on the night of 31 October, the court was told.

A federal prosecutor said the incidents constituted attempted murder, and said it was good fortune that no one died in the attacks.

Seven men and one woman were sentenced to terms of between four and 10 years.

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Analysis by Jenny Hill, BBC Berlin Correspondent


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