A suspected far-right sympathiser went on trial in Frankfurt on Tuesday for shooting dead a pro-immigration politician last year in a case that raised questions about whether Germany is doing enough to tackle right-wing radicalism.
Walter Luebcke, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, was found dead in a pool of blood outside his house in the western state of Hesse in June 2019. He had been shot in the head at close range.
The defendant, identified only as Stephan E. to conform with German privacy laws, is charged with the homicide of Mr Luebcke in Hesse by shooting him on the night of June 1-2 2019, the court said.
A second defendant, Markus H., is charged with aiding and abetting the killing.
“Both defendants are charged with having committed these crimes based on extreme right-wing political convictions,” the court said.