Turkish father of racist murder victim appeals to German president

Investigators looked for mafia or drug-dealing links within Germany's large ethnic Turkish community and even raised suspicions over relatives of the victims rather than looking at the far right.

Turkish father of racist murder victim appeals to German president

World Bulletin / News Desk

The father of a victim of a neo-Nazi gang that waged a killing spree across Germany broke down on Monday as he appealed for the street on which his son was murdered to be named after him.

Kenan Kolat, head of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), has criticized the investigation of the German Interior Ministry into the Neo-Nazi murders which took place between 2000 and 2007.

Revelations in November 2011 that the cell was behind the previously unconnected murders of eight ethnic Turks, a Greek and a policewoman provoked deep soul-searching over how the so-called National Socialist Union (NSU) could have gone undetected in Germany for so long.

Kolat told Anadolu Agency on Monday that the German government and interior ministry have to put forward all the information and stressed, "The Interior Ministry seems like they do not want the illumination of the cases."

He reminded, the destruction of the files regarding the incidents was up on the surface which was unacceptable. He added that the federal government has to organize a special session for the case.

Victims' relatives were meeting German President Joachim Gauck in Berlin when ethnic Turk Ismail Yozgat revealed a photograph around his neck of his son Halit at the age of six and gave an emotional, impromptu speech.

"In 2006 I had to watch my 21-year-old son Halit die in my arms. I had just one son," Yozgat said, as Gauck put a comforting arm around his shoulder.

He asked for the street in the town of Kassel where his son was born and died to be renamed after him. "Only this will help ease a little our pain," he added.

An alleged member of the NSU, 38-year-old Beate Zschaepe, will go on trial in Munich in April charged with the murders.

Two other NSU members committed suicide in late 2011 after a botched bank robbery. It was the discovery of their bodies in a caravan that first brought the connection between the murders over a seven-year period to light.

Investigators looked for mafia or drug-dealing links within Germany's large ethnic Turkish community and even raised suspicions over relatives of the victims rather than looking at the far right.

"You needed sympathy and support. Instead you were cast under suspicion, humiliated and abandoned ... You trusted our country and its institutions. This trust was shattered," Gauck, a former Protestant pastor, told them.

Furthermore, Kolat asked from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stand behind her words that she promised to the families of victims about the illumination of the case a year ago.

Moreover, Kolat stated that the act of German President Joachim Gauck was a good gesture as he received the families of Turks who were killed by Neo-Nazis in Germany.

Neo-Nazi members killed eight Turks in Germany between 2000-2007.

 

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