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German Court Acquits 2 of Arson

A court in the eastern German city of Potsdam has acquitted two skinheads of setting a fire that destroyed a Holocaust museum at the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the eve of Rosh Hashanah 1992.

The court released the two because of “lack of evidence.” The state of Brandenburg had requested the court hand down stiff sentences and has decided to appeal the acquittals.

When they were arrested last year, the two skinheads first acknowledged that they had taken part in the arson, together with some two score neo-Nazis. However, they then denied involvement.

Ignatz Bubis, president of the German Jewish community, has called the verdict “incomprehensible.”

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