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German neo-Nazi party wins court ruling

March 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

KARLSRUHE, Germany, March 5 (UPI) -- The German Constitutional Court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday by the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party challenging the government's right to ban it.

The party remains legal, although the Bundesrat or federal council, the upper house of parliament, is discussing a ban on the grounds that the NDP is disloyal to the German constitution. The NDP argued that even raising the issue is so prejudicial to its operations that it is tantamount to a ban, The Local.de reported.

The Karlsruhe court rejected argument and refused to rule the party does respect the constitution.

A previous attempt to ban the party ended in 2003 with the revelation that many of its members, including some in the leadership, were agents of government intelligence services.

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