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Row as neo-Nazi trial media access allocated by lottery

Friday, May 03, 2013 - 01:17

May 3 - The trial of an alleged neo-Nazi murderer is to start as planned despite controversy over the allocation of seats to the media. Tom Dinham reports.

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Germany's most anticipated trial in decades against a suspected neo-Nazi will go ahead as planned, despite controversy over how seats have been assigned to the media. (SOUNDBITE) (German) MUNICH HIGH COURT SPOKESPERSON, ANDREA TITZ, SAYING: "In our opinion there is no reason to doubt that the trial can and will begin on Monday. That is what we expect." The trial of suspected neo-Nazi 38-year-old Beate Zschaepe is one of the most anticipated in decades. Beate Zschaepe is alleged to have belonged to a far-right cell that committed a series of racist murders over more than a decade. The court re-assigned seats using a lottery after its original allocation was overturned by Germany's constitutional court for not granting any Turkish journalists a guaranteed seat, even though eight of the victims were ethnic Turks. The new allocation, the result of the lottery, failed to guarantee places to major German dailies Die Welt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, but offered places to a women's lifestyle magazine and an advertising journal. The announcement on Monday of the 50 media representatives provoked jeers and howls of disbelief from the assembled press pack.

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Row as neo-Nazi trial media access allocated by lottery

Friday, May 03, 2013 - 01:17