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German officer said to have posed as Syrian refugee goes on trial

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The trial of a German army officer on charges of planning attacks on politicians out of extreme right-wing motivation began in Frankfurt on Thursday with the defence accusing the prosecution of a smear campaign against the accused. The prosecution alleges that the 32-year-old first lieutenant, named only as Franco A under Germany’s strict privacy laws, illegally procured firearms, ammunition and explosives to carry out attacks on high-ranking politicians and others in public life for their work in promoting the interests of refugees. The prosecution alleges that the accused acquired a false id…

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