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Leader of far-right German terror group given 6 years in prison

Published : 30 Nov 2023, 23:46

  DF News Desk
A sign points to the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court. File photo: Marijan Murat/dpa.

The ringleader of a far-right German terrorist group that allegedly plotted violent attacks on Muslims in hopes of provoking a civil war is sentenced to six years in prison by a court in Stuttgart on Thursday, reported dpa.

Werner S, as he is known due to German privacy rules around criminal defendants, was convicted by the court of having founded a terrorist organization.

The terror cell Werner S led, dubbed "Group S" in his name, was gripped with fear that Germany would be taken over by refugees and plotted to provoke a civil war through attacks against mosques and other targets, according to prosecutors.

A defence lawyer tried to argue that the group never intended to follow through on their schemes and racist rhetoric, calling them a "collection of sloganeers."

Ten other alleged members or supporters of "Group S," as the group has become known after its alleged ringleader, also faced criminal charges. Some received prison sentences, while others were sentenced to probation.

One defendant was acquitted while another died unexpectedly during the course of the lengthy trial.