German lawmakers see signs of far-right cover up

AP News
Posted: Sep 17, 2012 1:42 PM

BERLIN (AP) — German legislators have accused law enforcement officials of withholding information about a series of neo-Nazi murders that took place between 2000 and 2007.

The head of a parliamentary committee into the killings says Berlin police failed for months to tell lawmakers that they had an informer who was close to the group suspected of carrying out the murders.

Sebastian Edathy said Monday that officials appeared to have intentionally withheld the information, and he called it "the most serious failure yet by the authorities."

Fellow committee member Hans-Christian Stroebele went further, accusing security officials in an interview with rbb-Inforadio of lying to lawmakers.

Four senior German domestic intelligence officials have resigned in recent months over the authorities' failure to track the so-called National Socialist Underground during its seven-year murder spree.