[Hpn] Skinheads confess to murdering homeless man in Germany FWD

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Fri, 22 Sep 2000 17:09:19 -0700 (PDT)

FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 18, 2000


BERLIN (AP) _ Two skinheads jailed on charges of beating and
kicking a homeless man to death told police that they hit him after
he started insulting them, a prosecutor said Monday.

Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, prosecutor in the northern city of
Flensburg, said investigators were so far not classifying the
attack as neo-Nazi or extreme-right motivated.

The two self-described skinheads, both 23, were arrested
Saturday and ordered held on manslaughter charges. They confessed
in jail Sunday to having attacked the 45-year-old homeless man,
with whom they had been drinking at a campground Sept. 12.

The prosecutor said the two told police that the man ``was
talking disparagingly about skinheads and insulted us.''

One punched him in the face, knocking him down, and both then
began to kick him in the head and torso before fleeing, she said. A
passer-by found the body the next day; an autopsy determined he had
died from injuries inflicted in the beating.

Police in Brandenburg state, which surrounds Berlin, on Monday
reported breaking up several parties involving neo-Nazis over the
weekend, including one in Potsdam where tapes of Hitler speeches
were being played.

Ten people at a youth club in Laaske were charged with
displaying banned Nazi symbols, as were 31 people _ all drunk _ at
a party near a home for asylum seekers in Rathenow, where a
skinhead band was rehearsing and shouts of ``Sieg Heil.''

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