Four linked to right-wing terrorist group go on trial in Germany

Dresden, Germany (dpa) – Three men and one woman with suspected links to a right-wing terrorist group in eastern Germany went on trial in the city of Dresden on Monday.

It was the second trial to take place so far focusing on Gruppe Freital, which carried out bombings on foreigners and political opponents in the city of Freital, near Dresden, and the surrounding area in 2015.

Two suspects, aged 27 and 53, are accused of being members of a terrorist group and participating in the attacks.

A 31-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman allegedly helped to intimidate the local population and attack the state by participating in online chats and posing for photos with symbols of former Nazi organizations, according to prosecutors.

Those two suspects are facing charges of being an accessory to attempted murder, as well as property damage and the use of banned symbols.

Eight members of Gruppe Freital, including the ringleaders, were handed lengthy prison terms back in March 2018.

The second trial is scheduled initially to last until early next year at the higher regional court in Dresden. Nineteen witnesses have been invited to testify, including convicted members of the group.

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