New Date May 6: German Neo-Nazi Terror Trial Postponed

The Munich courtroom where the trial is to be held. Zoom
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The Munich courtroom where the trial is to be held.

The start of the trial of suspected neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe, due to begin on Wednesday, has been postponed by three weeks to May 6 because media accreditation for the proceedings has to start from scratch following a row over foreign press access, SPIEGEL ONLINE learned on Monday.

The trial of a neo-Nazi suspected of involvement in the killings of 10 people, most of them Turks, between 2000 and 2007 has been delayed by three weeks due to a dispute over media accreditation, according to judicial sources.

The Federal Constitutional Court had ruled on Friday that the Munich court handling the trial must grant access to foreign media after no Turkish journalists had been able to obtain accreditation under a first-come, first-served applications procedure.

The postponement will allow the Munich court to reorganize the accreditation.

The main defendent is Beate Zschäpe, 38, who is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman, two bombings in Cologne and 15 bank robberies. She is believed to be the only surviving member of a neo-Nazi cell calling itself the National Socialist Underground (NSU), which was uncovered by chance in November 2011.

Four others are charged with assisting the NSU.

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