INTERNATIONAL

German woman gets life term

Berlin, July 11: The sole survivor of post-war Germany’s deadliest neo-Nazi terror cell was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 10 people in a seven-year campaign of shootings and nail bombings across Germany. Beate Zschaepe, 43, of far-right group National Socialist Underground (NSU), was convicted after a five-year trial over the deaths of nine migrants between 2000 and 2006, and the killing of a woman police officer in 2007.

Eight of the victims were men of Turkish origin, one man was Greek. The verdict was handed down at a court in Munich, the Telegraph reported. She was also found guilty of a series of nail bombings which targeted immigrant communities, including one in Cologne in 2004 in which 22 people were injured. The court found that Zschaepe was a fully active member of the NSU, a secretive three-person terror cell whose existence was only discovered after the other two members and her former lovers, Uwe Boehnhardt and Uwe Mundlos, died in a suspected suicide pact in 2011. (IANS)