Three men and a woman have been sentenced to prison terms between three and five years for forming a far-right terrorist group in Germany with a plan to bomb refugee homes as a tactic to scare migrants into leaving the country.
The Munich state court ruled that the four founded the so-called Old School Society in August 2014. The group grew to have about 30 members with plans to commit attacks on foreigners and refugee homes because of the group’s racist, antisemitic and anti-Muslim beliefs, the court said.
Judge Reinhold Baier said in his verdict the group wanted to drive refugees out of Germany even if it meant killing people to do so.
Germany’s top security official, interior minister Thomas de Maizière, applauded the verdict, saying it showed authorities were “acting decisively against any form of terrorism”. He said: “The verdict today shows that the state is determined and vigilant in the fight against right-wing extremism and far-right terrorism.”
The group had planned to attack a refugee shelter in the Saxon town of Borna in May 2015, but police had the group under surveillance and detained the four founding members shortly before they could carry out the plan.
The head of the group, 58-year-old Andreas H, from Augsburg, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Deputy leader Markus W, 41, received five years, and his girlfriend, Denise G, 24, received three years and 10 months. Both are from the eastern state of Saxony.
Olaf O, the group’s spokesman, from Bochum, was sentenced to three years. Last names were withheld in line with German privacy rules.
Germany has seen a sharp increase in attacks on refugee homes in the last two years amid an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge in Germany from war, persecution and poverty.Friday, March 17, 2017