Merkel apologizes for neo-Nazi killings

Chancellor Angela Merkel has apologized publicly to the relatives of 10 people, mostly immigrants, suspected of being killed by a neo-Nazi group whose actions German authorities failed to detect for more than a decade.

The group is suspected of killing eight people of Turkish origin and a Greek man between 2000 and 2006. Those killings, long known as the «kebab murders,» went unsolved for years. The group is also believed to have killed a policewoman in 2007.

Merkel told a memorial Thursday the killings were «a disgrace for our country.» She says some victims’ relatives were unjustly suspected in the murders, telling them: «I ask for forgiveness.”

The neo-Nazi activities came to light in November when two suspected founders were found dead and a third suspected member turned herself in. [AP]