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Germans commemorate victims of far-right group

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 10:46 am •  Published: November 4, 2012

Activists accuse police of failing to properly investigate a far-right link to the crimes — behavior they say is indicative of institutional racism in Germany's security establishment itself.

But the case also raised questions about the competence of Germany's federal security apparatus. According to lawmakers, officials at various agencies failed to exchange key information that could have put them on the trail of the NSU sooner.

German media have reported that prosecutors are struggling to tie Zschaepe directly to the murders and may have to charge her with lesser offenses, including arson and supporting a terrorist organization. Charges against several other neo-Nazis are complicated by the fact that some of them may have been informers for Germany's security services at the time of their alleged crimes.