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German government admits over 460 neonazis with active arrest warrants have not been prosecuted

AT least 467 German neonazis remain free to conduct acts of violence and stir up racial tensions despite having active arrest warrants, the government has admitted.

The figures were revealed in response to questions from the opposition Die Linke party which is concerned over the rise of far-right violence across Germany.

More than 100 of the neonazis are wanted for committing a violent crime with authorities warning that further crimes could take place following far-right rallies or music concerts. Around 32 are believed to have fled the country.

Germany has a history of failing to deal with far-right activity. In the most notorious case members of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group evaded arrest for decades, despite an arrest warrant being issued by a Saxony court in 1998.

Between 2000 and 2007, they murdered nine immigrants and a police officer, robbed numerous banks and carried out three bombings.

Die Linke MP Ulla Jelpke said: “The security authorities need to think of something to capture these fugitive nazis more quickly.

“The figures are an alarming sign that the nazi scene remains violent and criminal.”

German police had 175,397 arrest warrants on file that had yet to be enforced in March 2018. 

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