The 29-year-old accused was sitting in his car in a car park when he was approached by a group of left-wing extremists, who had their faces covered. The nationalist reacted by starting the ignition and driving into them at speed, hitting a 22-year-old.
But a Freiburg court acquitted the white nationalist of all charges, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. The judge ruled that he had acted in self-defence while trying to escape, and that the prosecution had failed to prove that he was deliberately trying to harm anyone.
“Justice is not biased,” the judge said in her closing statements, adding that the trial had not been about political views, but whether a crime had been committed. She argued that the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” also applied to white nationalist.