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The man accused of shooting two people in a far-right gun attack has the first day of the German trial


Anti-Semite Stephan Balliet (brought to court on Tuesday morning), 28

On his first day in court, a far-right gunman said to a judge: "I have decided not to do anything more for a society that would replace me with Muslims."

28-year-old anti-Semite Stephan Balliet is charged with 13 crimes, including murder and attempted murder, after not storming a synagogue in Halle last October.

He is accused of shooting 40-year-old Jana Lange, who has seen him struggle to get into the synagogue, and 20-year-old football fan Kevin S., who had worked on a nearby construction site.

Shortly before 12 noon on Tuesday, a handcuffed and handcuffed Balliet was led into the court room of the Magdeburg Regional Court.

The suspect, who had streamed the killing spree on October 19, 2019, was armed with eight firearms, several explosive devices, a helmet and a protective vest, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said the weapons appeared to be homemade.

He told the presiding judge Ursula Mertens that the refugee crisis was a turning point: "After 2015, I decided to do nothing more for this society that would replace me with Muslims and N ** roes," said BILD.

The suspect (pictured during the rampage) was charged with eight firearms, several explosive devices, a helmet and a protective vest, according to the indictment

The suspect (pictured during the rampage) was charged with eight firearms, several explosive devices, a helmet and a protective vest, according to the indictment

Jana Lange, 40, was killed after watching Balliet fight to get into the synagogue

20-year-old football fan Kevin S had been working on a nearby construction site when he was killed

Balliet is accused of shooting 40-year-old Jana Lange (left), who has seen him struggle to get into the synagogue, and 20-year-old football fan Kevin S (right), who is on a construction site in the Had worked close

Pictures of the victims of the shooting in Halle and a wreath are placed on a tree during a vigil before the main trial against the suspect of the terrorist attack in Halle at the regional court in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Pictures of the victims of the shooting in Halle and a wreath are placed on a tree during a vigil before the main trial against the suspect of the terrorist attack in Halle at the regional court in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Shortly before 12 noon on Tuesday, a handcuffed and handcuffed Balliet was led into the court room of the Magdeburg Regional Court

Shortly before 12 noon on Tuesday, a handcuffed and handcuffed Balliet was led into the court room of the Magdeburg Regional Court

Judge Mertens told him that she "would not tolerate abuse here in the room" and that she must have the power to exclude him from the trial.

When asked why he killed Ms. Lange, Balliet said: “Short circuit reaction. If I hadn't, they would all have laughed at me. All it takes to stop a right is a stupid comment. & # 39;

Ms. Lange snapped at Balliet after shooting into the synagogue – where 52 worshipers were hiding from fear.

Balliet said he was inspired to launch an attack after the gunfire in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019, killing 51 people in two mosques.

When asked if he was lonely, Balliet replied: "Yes."

Balliet's father, who was not named, previously told Bild that his son was an angry young man who "was not at peace with himself or with the world and always blamed everyone else" for his problems.

Federal attorney Stefan Schmidt (left) and federal attorney Kai Lohse in the process today. Balliet said he was inspired to launch an attack after the gunfire in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019, killing 51 people in two mosques

Federal attorney Stefan Schmidt (left) and federal attorney Kai Lohse in the process today. Balliet said he was inspired to launch an attack after the gunfire in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019, killing 51 people in two mosques

The member of the Greens in Germany, Cem Ozdemir, arrives at the district court in Magdeburg before the trial begins

The member of the Greens in Germany, Cem Ozdemir, arrives at the district court in Magdeburg before the trial begins

Balliet told the presiding judge Ursula Mertens (pictured) that the refugee crisis was a turning point: "After 2015, I decided to do nothing more for this society that would replace me with Muslims and N ** roes," said BILD

Balliet told the presiding judge Ursula Mertens (pictured) that the refugee crisis was a turning point: "After 2015, I decided to do nothing more for this society that would replace me with Muslims and N ** roes," said BILD

Balliet's father, who was not named, previously told Bild that his son (pictured in court on Tuesday) was an angry young man who "was not at peace with himself or with the world and always blamed everyone else" for his Problems

Balliet's father, who was not named, previously told Bild that his son (pictured in court on Tuesday) was an angry young man who "was not at peace with himself or with the world and always blamed everyone else" for his Problems

Balliet published an online manifesto a week before the attack specifically targeting the attack on the Halle synagogue and outlining its plan to kill "anti-whites", including Jews.

During the attack, Balliet wanted "to have a worldwide impact" and to encourage others to emulate it, said German Attorney General Peter Frank at the time.

Around 50 frightened worshipers – including 10 Americans – were trapped in the synagogue attack, which they observed on surveillance cameras that broadcast on television screens in the prayer house.

Roman R, 31, told the local media that he was in the middle of Yom Kippur's prayers when he heard a bang and went into the corridor to see smoke coming into the building.

The majority of the residents, including the elderly and children, sought shelter while Roman and five other men barricaded the prayer room door, called the police, and prepared to defend themselves.

He described the watch as Balliet shot the wooden doors, believing that they would give in at any moment and that he would come in and attack them.

The defendant (pictured in court on Tuesday) released an online manifesto a week before the attack specifically addressing the attack on the Halle synagogue and outlining his plan to kill "anti-whites," including Jews

The defendant (pictured in court on Tuesday) released an online manifesto a week before the attack specifically addressing the attack on the Halle synagogue and outlining his plan to kill "anti-whites," including Jews

Before the main trial, a special unit officer from the judicial system guards the suspect of the terrorist attack in Halle

Before the main trial, a special unit officer from the judicial system guards the suspect of the terrorist attack in Halle

Bilt's records revealed that Balliet (pictured Tuesday) had graduated from high school and was studying chemistry at a college for two semesters, but had to drop out after a major stomach surgery

Bilt's records revealed that Balliet (pictured Tuesday) had graduated from high school and was studying chemistry at a college for two semesters, but had to drop out after a major stomach surgery

The attack began in the city of Halle in the synagogue, where two people were shot before two others were shot and wounded in Weidersdorf. About two hours later, the police arrested the suspect north of Zeitz

The attack began in the city of Halle in the synagogue, where two people were shot before two others were shot and wounded in Weidersdorf. About two hours later, the police arrested the suspect north of Zeitz

Fortunately, the doors held, explosives that Balliet placed on the doors did not go out, and flammable liquid that he sprayed onto the building did not ignite.

After not entering the synagogue, Roman watched Balliet go to continue his attack elsewhere.

He was then detained in the building for hours before finally being released after the police disarmed the explosives.

Then worshipers were shown hugging and laughing when they were led away.

Balliet was not a well-known extremist, reported Bild, and appeared to have radicalized himself when he lived alone with his mother in Heldbra, a village about 40 km from Halle, and spent a lot of time online.

He was born in Eisleben, another village near Heldbra, and lived with his two parents until they divorced at 14.

He then moved to his mother in Heldbra, where he was at the time of the attack, although he routinely saw his father, who lives in Benndorf, about a five-minute drive away.

His father said he last saw his son about 24 hours before the attack when he was confrontational.

"There was always a fight, my opinion didn't count," he said. "I couldn't reach him anymore."

Jewish worshipers were sealed in the synagogue for several hours while the police cleared the area before finally being released. In the picture, a family celebrates their freedom

Jewish worshipers were sealed in the synagogue for several hours while the police cleared the area before finally being released. In the picture, a family celebrates their freedom

A kebab shop where a man was shot after the gunman threw explosives at the entrance and then fired shots into the restaurant

A kebab shop where a man was shot after the gunman threw explosives at the entrance and then fired shots into the restaurant

There is a body on the street in front of the synagogue, presumably a passer-by, who was shot when an attacker did not enter the synagogue

There is a body on the street in front of the synagogue, presumably a passer-by, who was shot when an attacker did not enter the synagogue

Armed police officers flocked to the scene after the gunman opened fire. Witnesses said he used a submachine gun before throwing a grenade into a Jewish cemetery

Armed police officers flocked to the scene after the gunman opened fire. Witnesses said he used a submachine gun before throwing a grenade into a Jewish cemetery

With no details of his last conversation with Balliet, the man remained silent and started to cry when asked if he thought of his son after reports of an attack on a synagogue.

Bilt's records show that Balliet graduated from high school and studied chemistry at a college for two semesters, but had to drop out after a major stomach surgery.

It is not clear what he did for the job after completing his studies, although a neighbor said he was working as a broadcast engineer at the time of the attack.

The video recorded by Balliet during the killing spree indicated that he was familiar with combat tactics, even if he had no formal training as he seeks shelter when shooting his weapons and moving as a soldier.

In footage he streamed online, Balliet also claimed that he had built his weapons himself, which indicates familiarity with mechanical engineering, although he can also be complained that his weapons are constantly blocking.

A man and woman were shot in an attack on a synagogue in Halle, central Germany, while several others were injured. The shooter is pictured in front of a kebab shop

A man and woman were shot in an attack on a synagogue in Halle, central Germany, while several others were injured. The shooter is pictured in front of a kebab shop

People place flowers in front of a synagogue in Halle, where a woman was fatally shot after the attacker did not enter the prayer house

People place flowers in front of a synagogue in Halle, where a woman was fatally shot after the attacker did not enter the prayer house

About a week before the attack, a manifest appeared online detailing plans for the attack, including killing "anti-whites" and pictures of self-made weapons and ammunition

About a week before the attack, a manifest appeared online detailing plans for the attack, including killing "anti-whites" and pictures of self-made weapons and ammunition

Balliet (pictured) broadcast his attack on the video site Twitch, where he is said to be active before the murders, and uploaded a manifesto describing his plan

Balliet (pictured) broadcast his attack on the video site Twitch, where he is said to be active before the murders, and uploaded a manifesto describing his plan

In a manifesto published online as a PDF document, the author included images of the weapons and ammunition used in the attack, according to the SITE extremism surveillance service.

The manifesto also mentioned a live stream and its goal of killing "anti-whites," including Jews.

"This manifesto, which apparently was created a week ago on October 1, gives even more evidence of how much planning and preparation the shooter has put into the attack," said Rita Katz, director of SITE.

The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the text, which is about 10 pages long and in English, explicitly mentions the plan to attack the Halle synagogue during Yom Kippur's religious ceremony.

The killing spree was broadcast live on Twitch for 35 minutes and was finally seen by around 2,200 people, the online platform said.

The police then arrested a suspect after a gun battle that injured the man.

It is believed that Balliet tried and failed to get into the hall synagogue, where around 80 people prayed before shooting through the doors, throwing explosives, and then placing bombs outside.

Then he shot Ms. Lange down on the street before driving around the corner to a kebab shop, where he opened fire again, killing a man and wounding several others.

Balliet shot two people and wounded at least two others in Halle after trying to massacre believers in the city's synagogue

Balliet shot two people and wounded at least two others in Halle after trying to massacre believers in the city's synagogue

Balliet was unable to enter the synagogue and drove around the corner to a kebab shop where he shot another man before shooting several shots into the street (picture, bullet holes in the shop window).

Balliet was unable to enter the synagogue and drove around the corner to a kebab shop where he shot another man before shooting several shots into the street (picture, bullet holes in the shop window).

Roman R, who was in the building, said the majority of the 50 people in the building were hiding from the shots while he and about five other men barricaded the prayer room door and prepared for battle

Roman R, who was in the building, said the majority of the 50 people in the building were hiding from the shots while he and about five other men barricaded the prayer room door and prepared for battle

Jews in the Yom Kippur prayer synagogue described how they watched in horror from CCTV cameras when Balliet tried to shoot himself into the prayer house before putting explosives outside and pouring flammable liquid over the building

Jews in the Yom Kippur prayer synagogue described how they watched in horror from CCTV cameras when Balliet tried to shoot himself into the prayer house before putting explosives outside and pouring flammable liquid over the building

The video recorded in front of the store shows a man in tactical equipment and a helmet with a camera attached to it, who climbs out of a car and fires several shots onto the street with an apparently improvised shotgun.

Then he walks up and down the street with the surveillance cameras in full view before fleeing towards Wiedersdorf.

Yom Kippur – the holiest day of Judaism

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is the holiest day in Judaism, which is characterized by an intense 25-hour period of fasting and prayer.

The holiday started on Tuesday evening and was supposed to end late Wednesday. The day usually includes five prayer sessions where devotees are encouraged to repent for sins.

It is celebrated all over the Jewish world, even by typical secular members of the faith.

There he shot an electrician in a workshop, then stole a taxi and made his way to the A9 motorway, circling the city of Leipzig, before turning onto the B91 towards Zeitz.

There he was confronted by the police and arrested after a short gun battle, reports Bild.

"We did it with our lives, with health and an amazing mood," wrote Rebecca Blady, a Jewish-American community leader who was in the synagogue.

Meanwhile, the owner of the kebab shop, Rifat Tekin, described the shooter as "calm as a professional".

"Maybe he has done it many times. How I make a kebab, he does it – like a professional. & # 39;

Konrad Rösler, a 28-year-old railroad worker interviewed on German television, said he was in the kebab store when he saw a man wearing a helmet and military jacket start the attack.

Roesler said the attacker threw a grenade at the store that bounced off the door frame before firing shots into the store. He said he locked himself in the toilet and heard a few loud bangs before the police arrived.

"All the customers next to me ran, of course also. I think there were five or six of us in there, ”said Mr. Roessler. "The man behind me has probably died."

"I was hiding in the toilet," he said. The others searched for the back entrance. I didn't know if there was one. I quietly locked myself in this toilet and wrote to my family that I love them, waiting for something to happen. & # 39;

18 test days are planned by mid-October. His process continues.

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