German soldier found guilty of far-right terrorism | DW News

Bundeswehr soldier Franco A. was found guilty of preparing a “serious violent offense endangering the state” in Frankfurt on Friday, following one of the most-watched far-right terrorism trials in German history.

He was sentenced to five years and six months in jail. He was also found guilty of illegally possessing weapons of war, including two assault rifles. The defendant has refused to reveal where he acquired those weapons, or where they are now.

Bearded, with long hair, and wearing a red shirt, the defendant appeared relaxed ahead of the verdict, chatting amiably with his defense attorneys after having his handcuffs removed.

He did not visibly react as the sentence was read but kept his bowed as Judge Christoph Koller read the explanation of the judgment.

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