German Neo-Nazi Jailed for Murder Spree Which Claimed Greek Man’s Life

Beate Zschape

A German neo-Nazi involved in a group which murdered 10 people, including a Greek, received a life sentence on Thursday.

Beate Zschape, 43, was convicted of murder in a long-running trial which exposed huge flaws in Germany’s policing and intelligence services.

She was the sole surviving member of the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU) which went on a seven-year crime wave between 2000 and 2007, involving itself in murder, attempted murder, robbery and bombings.

Almost all of the NSU’s ten victims were immigrants, mostly of Turkish origin. Among its victims was Theodoros Boulgarides, a 41-year-old father of two who was shot dead in Munich in June 2005. He was the group’s seventh victim.

Many of the victims’ families later hit out at the police, claiming there were insinuations their loved ones had been involved in crime rather than being victims of a racist gang.