Halle synagogue attack: Suspect kept Nazi images, videos on computer – Investigations

Magdeburg (Germany) – A Court on Wednesday heard that the man accused of carrying out the right-wing extremist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle had a collection of racist, fascist/ anti-Semitic content saved in his computer.

Several experts from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), testified after having evaluated the evidence against the man in recent months.

Meanwhile, alongside data posted online immediately before the attack, including a manifesto and an interview with him, the suspect was also found to have contributed anonymously to anonymous internet forums known as imageboards.

The BKA officials said they found on the man’s computer and disk drives numerous comic images, including with fascist symbols, as well as videos and images glorifying violence and links to the dark net.

This content is typical of the right-wing extremist online community.

Stephan Balliet, a 28-year-old man from Central state of Saxony-Anhalt, is on trial for attempted murder of 52 people inside the synagogue and the murders of a 40-year-old female passer-by and a 20-year-old man at a kebab shop.

They were killed during a rampage after the armed gunman tried to gain access to the synagogue on Oct. 9, 2019, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar.

The attack was live-streamed on the internet.


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