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.
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