On Monday the German supreme court rejected an appeal by the only known survivor of a far-right group against her sentencing and life in prison for her part in the killing of 10 people, most with migrant roots.

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that Beate Zschaepe had not proven that her basic judicial rights had been violated.

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A Munich regional court found Zschaepe guilty in 2018 of 10 counts of murder for his role in the killing of nine men by the underground National Socialist group – eight of Turkish origin and one of Greek origin – as well as an agent of police between 2000 and 2007.

Beate Zschaepe sits in the courtroom in Munich, Germany, 20 June 2017.
(Photo AP / Matthias Schrader, Pool, File)

She was also convicted of belonging to a terrorist organization, participation in two bomb attacks and more than a dozen bank robberies, and attempted murder for setting fire to the group’s hideout after her existence came to light.

Although Zschaepe denied having been present at any of the murders, the court concluded that she was involved in planning each of them. Her two accomplices, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt, were found dead in an apparent homicide-suicide in 2011 following a failed robbery.


He took his case to the constitutional court after the German Federal Court of Justice dismissed his appeal last year.

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