Government to Compensate Victims of Neo-Nazi Violence
BONN, Germany (AP) _ Foreign victims of neo-Nazi violence can get government compensation under a plan approved by lawmakers Friday.
Most foreign victims had been excluded from a law that pays Germans or citizens of other European Community countries who are injured in crimes.
Right-wing extremists carried out more than 2,100 attacks last year, mostly against foreigners. Some of the victims were badly burned in asylum shelter firebombings and others were stabbed or beaten.
The government did not announce a compensation range under the new law. It also has not released individual figures for past payments to victims.
Social welfare funds and private donations have helped to cover the foreigners’ medical costs.
Germany has been paying about $25 million each year to crime victims from a special compensation fund. The amount of compensation depends on the extent of the victim’s injuries.
Later Friday, police cracking down on neo-Nazis arrested three men and confiscated recordings and videos in raids on apartments and two small publishing firms in southern Germany.
Alfred Oschwald, the state’s chief investigator, said the three suspects had tried to market the rightist recordings and videos.
Other arrests have been made in Germany of people selling recordings made by radical-right rock bands.