Halle synagogue attack suspect kept Nazi images, videos on computer

Magdeburg, Germany (dpa) – The man accused of carrying out the right-wing extremist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle had a collection of racist, fascist and anti-Semitic content saved on his computer, a court heard on Wednesday.

Several experts from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) testified after having evaluated the evidence against the man in recent months.

Alongside data posted online immediately before the attack, including a manifesto and an interview with himself, the suspect was also found to have contributed anonymously to anonymous internet forums known as imageboards.

The BKA officials said they found on the man’s computer and disk drives numerous comic images, including with fascist symbols, as well as videos and images glorifying violence and links to the darknet.

This content is typical of the right-wing extremist online community, the experts told the court in Magdeburg.

Stephan Balliet, a 28-year-old man from the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, is on trial for the attempted murder of the 52 people inside the synagogue and the murders of a 40-year-old female passer-by and a 20-year-old man at a nearby kebab shop.

They were killed during a rampage after the armed gunman tried to gain access to the synagogue on October 9, 2019 – Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar.

The attack was live-streamed on the internet.

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