Archive/File: german-arson-trial (c) Reuter, May 31, 1995 Suspect letter confuses German arson-murder trial DUESSELDORF, Germany, May 31 (Reuter) - A German court trying right-wingers accused of killing five Turks in a notorious arson attack was thrown into confusion on Wednesday by a letter blaming a Turk for the fire at Solingen. The judge said he was not convinced of the authenticity of the letter he read out, in which two Turks apparently accused a fellow countryman of torching the Genc family home in which the five women and girls died two years ago. The killing shocked Germans, already worried by a growing wave of arson attacks by neo-Nazis since German unification in 1990. Mass protest marches followed. "It is possible that something has been falsified here. At the moment that is all we can say," presiding judge Wolfgang Steffen said on day 100 of the trial of four young Germans. In the letter, allegedly witnessed by a Berlin lawyer possibly up to a year ago, the Turks claimed the motive for the attack was that the man whose home was burned down had allegedly raped the arsonist's wife. The court started an investigation, but the Berlin lawyer could not immediately be found and one of the Turks whose name was on the letter denied having written it. One of the defendants, Christian Reher, told the court this week he set the blaze on his own. The three others say they are innocent. The trial began a year ago.
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