Nearly five years into the trial of a German neo-Nazi gang who went on a killing spree against immigrants, relatives of the victims have become so frustrated with the police’s inability to untangle the case they have turned to a an unlikely profession in search of clues: architects.
Forensic Architecture, a London-based organisation started by architect Eyal Weizman have previously investigated war crimes in Syria, Palestine and the former Yugoslavia, using modern technology to search urban areas for evidence.
“If a pile of rubble is what’s left of your crime scene an architect may be better qualified to analyse it than [the police],” Weizman said.
For the 11th anniversary of the death of the ninth and final victim of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground attackers, Weizman’s researchers have turned their attention to the case of a western European state allegedly colluding in a brutal crime.
On 6 April 2006, Halit Yozgat, 21, of Turkish origins, was shot at close range inside an internet cafe he managed in the city of Kassel.