Nazi Content Found on Halle Synagogue Attacker's Computer

Stephan Balliet, who streamed the attack live, was an active contributor to several anonymous chatrooms and owned a large collection of racist, fascist and antisemitic digital content

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Stephan Balliet, accused of shooting dead two people after an attempt to storm a synagogue in Halle, during his trial in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, August 25, 2020.
Stephan Balliet, accused of shooting dead two people after an attempt to storm a synagogue in Halle, during his trial in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, August 25, 2020.Credit: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
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The man accused of carrying out the right-wing extremist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle had a collection of racist, fascist and antisemitic content saved on his computer, a court heard on Wednesday.

Several experts from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, also known as BKA, testified after having evaluated the evidence against the man in recent months.

Alongside data posted online immediately before the attack, including a manifesto and an interview with himself, the suspect was also found to have contributed anonymously to internet forums known as imageboards.

The BKA officials said they found on the man’s computer and disk drives numerous comic images, including with fascist symbols, as well as videos and images glorifying violence and links to the darknet.

Stephan Balliet, a 28-year-old man from the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, is on trial for the attempted murder of the 52 people inside the synagogue and two murders nearby.

They were killed during a rampage after the armed gunman tried to gain access to the synagogue on October 9, 2019 – Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar.

The attack was live-streamed on the internet.

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