World Bulletin/News Desk
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Thursday that the trial of the terrorist National Socialist Underground (NSU) group in Germany, which is accused of 10 murders, including those of eight Turks, should not be limited to the trial of the suspects but that the masterminds behind those murders should be revealed.
“We don't know anything other than the tip of the iceberg. This trial is important for exposing the NSU,” he said, adding that the trial should go deeper than just trying the suspects.
The trial of Beate Zschäpe, thought to be the sole surviving member of the NSU, and four alleged supporters of the terrorist group started in the Higher State Court of Munich on Monday. The ninth murder victim was a Greek immigrant and the 10th was a German policewoman.
Bozdağ said there are many people who liken the NSU to Ergenekon in Turkey. Ergenekon is a crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government.
“Is there an extension of this group [NSU] in the state? Did the members of the group get support from German state officials or not? Is there negligence on the part of some German state officials [for allowing the murders to take place]? It is obvious that the investigation into the group is not examining these issues. This is a big shortcoming,” Bozdağ said.
The existence of the NSU came to light in November 2011 when the two men who are believed to have founded the NSU with Zschaepe, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt, committed suicide after a botched bank robbery and set their mobile home ablaze.
In the charred vehicle, police found the gun used in all 10 murders and a grotesque DVD claiming responsibility for them in which the bodies of the victims were pictured and a cartoon Pink Panther toted up the number of dead.
Bozdağ said the important thing for the German judiciary is to reveal the masterminds of the murders, warning that concluding the trial as an ordinary murder trial would be a loss for both Germany and humanity.
“At the end of the trial, we expect the exposure of the NSU with all the details before the eyes of the world. We want to see a result at the conclusion. If the five suspects are punished but the masterminds of the murders remain uninvestigated, this will mean failing to see the bigger picture. There should be a fair and impartial trial. The judiciary should expose those behind the suspects,” Bozdağ added.
The trial's start had been delayed by almost three weeks because of controversy over the allocation of seats for the media. In the first round, no Turkish news organization was granted accreditation to attend the trial.
The trial is expected to take approximately two years. The court will hear 606 witnesses and there are 80 co-plaintiffs. The prosecution has prepared a 488-page indictment against the defendants.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2013, 10:10