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As Munich Right-Wing Terror Trial Opens, All Eyes On Her

SZ-NEWSBLOG (Germany)

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MUNICH - The trial began Monday of National Socialist Underground (NSU) activist Beate Zschäpe, 38, and four other accused extreme right-wing terrorists, with all eyes fixated on the one female defendent.

Along with four men, Zschäpe is accused of participation in two bombings and 10 murders, the first of which was committed 13 years ago.

Persons present in the court room Monday morning said variously that Zschäpe appeared “arrogant,” as “lacking respect,” came across as very “self-confident” and “seemed to be enjoying the situation.”

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Newspaper clippings after the arrests -Wikipedia

It is expected that the trial could go on for as long as two and half years, with three all-day sessions per week and testimony by over 600 witnesses.

Over the weekend, the defense had asked for the removal of presiding judge Manfred Götzl on grounds of alleged bias. The session was interrupted briefly Monday to address this issue; if successful, the demand would result in a delay of the beginning of what some have been calling “the trial of the century.”

Outside the Munich courthouse Turkish protesters held up photos of Turkish victims of the NSU and the Turkish flag, and demanded that the court not only clear up exactly how the “racist murders” came about, but the role some righ-twing officers in German police forces are suspected of having played in relation to the NSU.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Why Netanyahu Has Little Choice But To Extend The Ceasefire

The Israeli government has declared it is opposed to any ceasefire with Hamas. But one of its key objectives — and the top priority for Israelis — is to recover hostages. And only the ceasefire can achieve that...

photo of people marching with the sign Bring Them Home Now

A march in London in support of bringing home to Israel the hostages held in Gaza.

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Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Monday marks the fourth and final day of the ceasefire agreed upon between Israel and Hamas. Does that mean the war resumes Tuesday in Gaza? Probably not, and here is why...

During the first three days of the ceasefire, 40 Israeli hostages, mostly women and children, were returned to the Jewish state. According to the terms of the agreement, three times as many Palestinian prisoners were released. Additionally, 35 Thai nationals and one Filipino, also kidnapped on Oct. 7, were released separately, as part of a negotiation that went through Iran. And one Russian citizen, according to Hamas, "in response to the efforts of Russian President [Vladimir] Putin and in appreciation of the Russian position in support of the Palestinian cause."

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A fourth exchange is scheduled for Monday. Meanwhile, over these same past three days, hundreds of aid trucks have been able to enter Gaza, where humanitarian conditions are catastrophic.

What will happen Tuesday, considering that Hamas still holds more than 180 hostages? All communication channels have been hard at work for the past 24 hours, to extend this ceasefire and facilitate the release of more hostages and prisoners.

Qatar has been leading the negotiation efforts. An envoy from Doha arrived in Israel on a special flight on Saturday — something worth noting, given that the two countries have no diplomatic relations. The United States is also very active, with President Joe Biden personally intervening on Saturday, when the agreement showed signs of impending collapse.

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