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One more suspect caught in German hunt-down on neo-Nazi criminals

(Xinhua)

15:51, November 30, 2011

BERLIN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- German police detained another man suspected of involving in the six xenophobic murders and one attempt in a series killings by a far-right cell uncovered on Tuesday, which shows the neo-Nazi extremists still remain flagrant in the country.

The 36-year-old suspect was arrested in Jena, a city in the eastern state of Thuringia where eight Turks, one Greek and a 22-year-old female police were murdered by the so-called cell known as "Nationalist Socialist Underground", which is also charged for having plotted two bomb attacks and 14 bank robberies.

The revelation of such a severe far-right came fortuitously as two of the culprits committed suicide after a foiled bank robbery attempt and caught German media by a huge surprise, as Chancellor Angela Merkel called it the country's shame and pledged to eradicate the far-right devil.

The "Nationalist Socialist Underground" cell has been charged as being "motivated by xenophobic and subversive thinking" and that its goal was to kill citizens, mainly those with foreign roots, and carry out bombing attacks.

The newly-arrested suspect had been active in the far-rightist extremist crimes since 1995 and had provided funds for three gang members, and connected with at least six murder cases and one murder attempt, as "he is suspected of obtaining a gun with ammunition for the group in 2001 or 2002", and maintained to long-term contact with the neo-Nazi cell, according to a statement by the Federal Prosecutor's Office.

The suspect carries a public identity as a senior party member of the German far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), as there have been widespread outcry for its complete ban, particularly since it has been pointed out that some of its party members were entangled with violence-prone neo-Nazi cell.

The NPD now has its representations in two states' assemblies and have an anual funding worth some 1 million euros from taxpayers.

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