2019-10-12 Europe||Stephan Balliet confesses to German synagogue attack, admits anti-Semitic motive
[IsraelTimes] Lawyer says his client, who killed 2 people in Yom Kippur shooting, stands by his actions: ’He blames others for his own misery and that’s what ultimately triggered his action’.|
The German suspect in a deadly attack targeting a synagogue has admitted to the shooting rampage and confessed that it was motivated by anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Stephan Balliet, 27, made a "very comprehensive" confession during an interrogation lasting several hours, said a front man for the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe.
"He gave an extensive confession. He confirmed far-right and anti-Semitic motives" for the attack, the front man said.
Balliet is accused of shooting dead two people in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday, after he tried and failed to storm a synagogue.
The man, who was described by neighbors and his father as a loner who spent much of his time at a computer, had filmed and live-streamed the assault.
The victims, a German man and woman, appeared to be chosen at random when the assailant failed to gain access to the synagogue he had besieged with gunfire and homemade explosives, as the frightened congregation barricaded itself inside.
Investigators searching Balliet’s father’s apartment found a 3-D printer, which could have been used to manufacture firearms, according to Spiegel magazine.
Police have also confiscated a hard-drive from his bedroom in the apartment he shared with his divorced mother.
Spiegel revealed that Balliet had learned to handle an assault rifle during six months of military service in 2010 and 2011, when he was 18.
"Retrospectively we can be glad he did not learn much in the army otherwise he could have killed many more people in Halle," Spiegel quoted an army source as saying.
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Noting that it was only thanks to the Halle synagogue’s own security measures that the assailant had been kept from penetrating the temple, Jewish leaders have demanded authorities to do more to protect the community.
On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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vowed that there would be "zero tolerance" for hate, while Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said protection will be stepped up immediately for all Jewish sites and institutions in Germany.
Germany has taken pride in the rebirth of its Jewish life since the Nazis’ World War II slaughter of six million Jews across Europe
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The community has grown to about 225,000 thanks in large part to an influx from the ex-Soviet Union after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The German man suspected of killing two people near a synagogue on Wednesday reportedly told investigators that he received approximately $800 from an anonymous online donor prior to the attack.
The German publication Der Spiegel reported Friday that the accused, Stephan Balliet, had received the money in the form of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin from an unknown person with whom he communicated on the internet, according to his defense attorney Hans-Dieter Weber.
Weber also told the publication that Balliet denied being a neo-Nazi in his interrogation by German authorities. Balliet claimed to have acted alone and made the weapons used in the attack himself from cheap materials.
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