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Germany arrests far-right extremist — RT World News


Suspect allegedly burned down refugee hostel 30 years ago, killing one Ghanaian and injuring two others

German prosecutors have arrested a far-right extremist accused of committing arson in 1991, during a deadly attack on a refugee shelter.

The initial investigation into the fire had been dropped due to the inability of local authorities to identify a suspect. Three decades later, federal prosecutors managed to gather new evidence, leading to the arrest on Monday.

A 49-year-old German citizen, identified as Peter S., will stand trial for murder, attempted murder and arson resulting in death.

Investigators say the extremist was inspired by a wave of racist violence sweeping East Germany at the time. After discussing the idea with other far-right activists, he decided to carry out a similar attack in his hometown of Saarlouis, located in western Germany, close to France and Luxembourg. .

On the night of September 18, 1991, Peter S. went to a residence for asylum seekers, where he poured gasoline on the stairs and set it on fire. Samuel Yeboah, 27, a refugee from Ghana, was sleeping on the top floor at the time. Suffering severe burns and inhaling lethal amounts of smoke, he died hours later in hospital. Two other residents broke their bones after jumping out of the window. 18 others managed to escape unharmed.

The number of hate crimes in Germany has been increasing every year since 2016, according to OSCE figures. In 2020, the number of hate crime victims exceeded 10,000. Studies have shown that the peak of xenophobic violence occurred due to an influx of migrants.

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