Racism key in German killings, panel finds

BERLIN — A far-right murder spree went undetected for years because German security services made scores of errors, partially because of institutional bias against immigrants, a parliamentary inquiry concluded Thursday.

The cross-party committee’s nearly 1,400-page report follows a 19-month review of how police and intelligence agencies failed to stop a National Socialist Underground from killing eight Turks, a Greek, and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007.

The group was only linked to the killings after two key members died in a murder-suicide after a botched 2011 bank heist. A third suspected main member is on trial.


Committee members said police and intelligence agencies were quick to attribute the slayings to organized crime by immigrant groups — never considering the possibility that the killings could been racially motivated.

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As one of 47 recommendations, the committee said German police and prosecutors should be required to consider the possibility of a killing being a hate crime in every incident where the perpetrator is unknown.