German secret service shreds neo-Nazi files
GERMANY'S secret service has found itself at the centre of a scandal after it was confirmed yesterday that its agents had destroyed files containing vital information about a neo-Nazi terrorist gang hours before the material was due to be handed to federal prosecutors, writes Tony Paterson.
The case concerns the National Socialist Underground, a neo-Nazi group responsible for Germany's worst acts of far-right violence since the Second World War.
Its members murdered a policewoman, shot dead nine immigrants, mounted two bomb attacks and robbed 14 banks.
German Interior Ministry officials revealed the agents had shredded the documents on November 11 -- the day they were due to be handed to Germany's Federal Prosecutor. (© Independent News Service)