Neo-Nazi admits killing politician in crime that shocked Germany

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A far-Right extremist has admitted to killing a German politician, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Stephan Ernst was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering Walter Lübcke, a high-profile supporter of migrant rights who was found dead of a gunshot to the head at his home earlier this month.

The 45-year-old suspect admitted the killing under questioning, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

He said he acted alone, but he has a known history of links with the neo-Nazi scene and investigations are continuing into the possibility he had accomplices or the killing was organised.

Further details were not made public, but the German press reported Ernst was motivated by Lübcke’s support for migrants. 

A regional politician from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU), he was an outspoken defender of her “open-door” refugee policy



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