The court found that the former soldier darkened his skin with makeup to pose as a penniless refugee with plans to use the arms he had taken from the German army to carry out an attack.
With a left-wing coalition set to form the next government in Germany, ethnic and religious minority politicians remain in the crosshairs of far-right extremists
Far-right offences accounted for more than half of all politically motivated crimes, the highest level since police in Germany started collecting such data in 2001, according to the German interior minister.
Officials say investigations into 12 men detained last week indicate the group planned "shocking" attacks similar to ones carried out in New Zealand mosques last year that left 51 people dead.
Prosecutors say the suspects, on police radar for months, wanted to achieve their goal "with as yet-unspecified attacks against politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims to provoke a civil war-like situation."
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