A group of seven men and one woman accused of forming a far-right terror group were due to face judges at the higher regional court in Dresden on Tuesday. It marks the first step in a terror trial to last months in the eastern state of Saxony.
A further 60 hearings in the trial against the group, known as the “Freital Group,” are scheduled to take place in a purpose-built high-security building through September in the capital of a state where right-wing opposition to refugees has been strongest, resulting sometimes in violence.
The group members, who all come from Dresden and Freital, are accused of five attacks on refugee shelters and individuals between July and November 2015, creating a “climate of fear and repression.” Two people were injured in the incidents.
The eight are charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and detonating explosives. The group are also charged with acquiring large quantities of unauthorized pyrotechnics in nearby Czech Republic and of planning to build pipe bombs.
The defendants, all aged between 19 and 39 years, have been detained since November 2015.