8/29 German far-right ‘Reichsbürger’ police murder trial begins

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The murder trial of Wolfgang P., who allegedly belonged to a loose right-wing movement known as the “Reichsbürger,” began on Tuesday in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. The defendant shot dead a police officer during a 6 a.m. raid on his house by a special forces unit last October. Before the trial began, defense attorney Susanne Koller denied both that her client had any intent to murder and that he was a Reichsbürger. “He would not describe himself as that,” she said, before adding that the defendant had been shaken by the officer’s death. The defendant himself refused to confirm his identity as the trial began, saying only that he was “the free Mr Wolfgang,” according to the DPA news agency – the court then used an expired state ID (whose validity the suspect rejects) to establish his identity. As well as one count of murder, the 49-year-old is also charged with three counts of attempted murder and two of serious bodily harm.

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