Demonstrators hold placards, reading: ‘Don’t forget’ and ‘Eradicate right-wing violence’ [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

A trial of two neo-Nazis has begun in Germany over the murder of pro-refugee politician Walter Lubcke, in a case that highlighted the growing threat of far-right violence in the country.

The main suspect, Stephan E, 46, appeared before the higher regional court in Frankfurt on Tuesday alongside co-defendant Markus H, 44, who is accused of helping Stephan E train with firearms, including the murder weapon.

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The defendants’ surnames were redacted due to Germany’s privacy laws.

Federal prosecutors believe Stephan E was motivated by “racism and xenophobia” when he allegedly drove to Lubcke’s house on June 1, 2019, and shot him in the head.

The killing has been described as

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