German prosecutors have arrested a far-right extremist who is being charged with committing arson in 1991, in a deadly attack on a home for refugees.
The initial investigation into the blaze had been dropped due to local authorities’ inability to identify a suspect. Three decades later, federal prosecutors have managed to collect new evidence, leading to the arrest on Monday.
A 49-year-old German citizen, identified as Peter S., will be tried for murder, attempted murder, and for arson leading to death.
According to the investigators, the extremist was inspired by a spate of racist violence that was sweeping across Eastern Germany at the time. Having discussed the idea with other far-right activists, he decided to carry out a similar attack in his hometown, Saarlouis, located in Western Germany, close to France and Luxembourg.