Suspect in German politician’s murder confesses

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The suspect in the murder of local German politician Walter Lübcke has reportedly confessed. The chief prosecutor briefed parliament’s interior affairs committee on the case.

Suspect Stephan E. has admitted to Walter Lübcke’s killing, members of Germany’s parliament told multiple news agencies on Wednesday morning.

Lübcke was found with a gunshot wound to the head in early in June.

The 65-year-old was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and led a regional government office in the city of Kassel. He had previously received death threats for his pro-migrant views.

Authorities concluded that the killing was motivated by right-wing extremism.  They arrested Stephan E. after finding DNA evidence that linked him to the crime.

Citing Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank, German parliamentarians said the 45-year-old had confessed on Tuesday and claimed to have acted alone.

  1. allegedly has ties to the militant neo-Nazi group Combat 18 and has previously been convicted over attacks against minorities.

Hundreds of people gathered in the town of Wolfhagen on Saturday for a vigil honoring Lübcke’s life. Around 2,000 people also joined a protest against right-wing violence in Kassel and other German cities over the weekend.

Editor’s note: Our initial version of this story incorrectly stated that the suspect confessed as his trial began. The trial is yet to start. He has handed a confession to investigators. 

More to follow… 

nm/msh (AFP, dpa)

DW

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