Ekkehard Weil, the man who confessed to shooting a Soviet sentry earlier this month, appeared in a West Berlin court on Tuesday (24 November).
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Background: Ekkehard Weil, the man who confessed to shooting a Soviet sentry earlier this month, appeared in a West Berlin court on Tuesday (24 November). The 21-year-old Weil, a male nurse, was ordered by a British judge to be remanded in custody.
Weil appeared before a special British Military Government court, which sat beneath a Union Jack in West Berlin's main criminal court. British Judge Stephen Henry was presiding.
Before the court session got under way, Weil conferred with his West German lawyer and gave a three-fingered salute for the benefit of the press. The salute is a sign of the extreme right wing in West Germany.
Weil was arrested by West Berlin police on November 8, the day after a young soldier guarding the Soviet War Memorial in the British Sector of West Berlin collapsed with bullet wounds in his arm and stomach.
Weil then told police he shot the soldier in order to damage Soviet-West German relations and their recently signed but not yet ratified non-aggression treaty. Police found Nazi literature and weapons in Weil's flat.
The prosecution asked that Weil be remanded in custody for 15 days. The judge accepted and said the court would meet again on December 8.