December 2, 2000 |
Three American teenagers accused of killing two women by throwing heavy stones from a bridge onto a highway went on trial in the German city of Darmstadt, where their families are based with the U.S. Army. The teens, who were 14, 17 and 18 at the time of the Feb. 27 attack, entered the juvenile courtroom and sat quietly as prosecutor Manfred Vogel read out the charges: two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and interfering with traffic.
November 28, 2000 |
Stepping warily into a case of alleged neo-Nazi torture and killing of a 6-year-old boy, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday comforted the dead child's mother and urged authorities in the eastern state of Saxony to thoroughly investigate claims of a racist motive in the boy's 1997 drowning.
August 31, 2000 |
A court convicted three neo-Nazis of beating an African immigrant to death and handed down tough prison sentences Wednesday in an attempt to signal that a "long chain of attacks" on foreigners in Germany must stop. The state court sentenced Enrico Hilprecht, 24, to the maximum of life in prison. His two 16-year-old co-defendants were each given sentences of nine years--one year less than the maximum allowed for juveniles.
August 22, 2000 |
A former East German border guard commander was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of East Germans trying to escape, including the last person to die at the Berlin Wall. Walter Schulze, 52, was convicted on four counts for deaths stemming from his tenure as commander from 1985 until the wall's collapse in 1989. He was sentenced to slightly more than two years in prison.
August 10, 2000 |
A German court Wednesday ordered a trial on murder charges for three skinheads accused of beating and kicking an African immigrant to death. Two 16-year-olds and Enrico Hilprecht, 24, were charged in the June 11 attack on Alberto Adriano, a 39-year-old immigrant from Mozambique who worked in a slaughterhouse in the east German city of Dessau.
March 3, 2000 |
Hundreds attended the funeral of a German woman killed when three American teenagers allegedly hurled rocks from a highway bridge at the car she was driving. Darmstadt Mayor Peter Benz paid tribute to Sandra Ottmann, who died Sunday--two days before her 21st birthday. Edward B. O'Donnell, the U.S. consul general in Frankfurt, extended "condolences on behalf of the American people." Several people who were riding with Ottmann were injured, her grandmother seriously.