A MUNICH court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty of murder over the killing of 10 people - most of them migrants.

The victims were killed between 2000 and 2007 in a case that shocked Germany.

Judges sentenced 43-year-old Beate Zschaepe to life in prison.

Together with Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt, she formed the National Socialist Underground (NSU), which pursued an ideology of white racial supremacy by targeting migrants, mostly of Turkish origin.

The group evaded arrest for almost 14 years, thanks to a network of supporters and repeated mistakes by German security agencies.

Authorities failed to attribute the killings to a far-right group, instead investigating non-existent gangland links.

The case has prompted accusations of institutional racism in German security agencies.

Police had focused on whether the victims had ties to organised crime - a line of investigation for which there was never any evidence.

Families of the victims said that the suspicion directed toward their loved ones shook their faith in the German justice system.