NSU case an unprecedented failure of German security forces, says Edathy

Describing the killings as "an unprecedented failure of security units," Edathy emphasized the lack of cooperation between institutions, despite the risk of extreme right and prejudiced investigation in nine out of ten murders.

NSU case an unprecedented failure of German security forces, says Edathy

World Bulletin/News Desk

Sebastian Edathy, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Interior Affairs responsible for investigating the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murders, has said that the committee expired and the report would be presented to the Bundestag on September 2.

Edathy answered the questions of Anadolu Agency in regards to the work conducted by the committee on the NSU murders, which claimed the lives of 10 people, including 8 Turks, between the years of 2000 and 2007.

Stating that the final report of the investigation, in which around 100 people were questioned and 12 thousand files were examined, would be presented to the Bundestag with the participation of the president, Edathy said the relatives of the victims and some of those wounded during the attacks would also attend as guests.

"The NSU, a neo-nazi terror cell, is the 9/11 of Germany depicting how unprepared Germany was to the danger approaching from the extreme right," he noted.

Describing the killings as "an unprecedented failure of security units," Edathy emphasized the lack of cooperation between institutions, despite the risk of extreme right and prejudiced investigation in nine out of ten murders.

"This didn't comply with the standards of a constitutional state," he said.

He added that the report had to be presented prior to the general elections and hence they couldn't conduct a thorough investigation but rather answered main questions.

Edathy said it was unexplainable how such a terror cell went unidentified and added, "One sided questioning with a narrow scope took place and there was not enough attention given to the killings."

Authorities investigating such situations should approach with an objective attitude and this wasn't the situation in the NSU case, Edathy stated, hoping it wouldn't happen again.

"Destroying of files a complete scandal"

Stating that the destruction of the files was "a complete scandal," Edathy didn't comment on the situation, claiming there was not adequate evidence of whether it was done on purpose or due to mere incompetence.

Upon being asked of their feelings during the meetings with the relatives of the victims and thier mutual demands, Edathy said Ombudsman Barbara John provided information on the families who were already in grief and were at the same time accused of "knowing more than they tell" by institutions for many years.

Edathy underlined the fact that people from different backgrounds lived in Germany and they all had the right to equal treatment.

Edathy also warned against the risk of extreme-right attacks in the future and emphasized the importance of being precautious.

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