29 January 2014

Did the domestic secret service influence the testimony of Andreas Temme?

The trial started with the testimony of one of the physicians of police officer Arnold, who had been severely injured in an NSU attack. Several statements and motions by parties followed.

Commenting on the testimony of witness Liebau yesterday, the Wohlleben defence claimed – as could be expected – that the witness had not stated that Wohlleben had asked him for a gun. Several victims’ counsel, on the other hand, moved that his statement be taken down verbatim in the minutes since the witness had committed perjury by making such claims.

Victims’ counsel for the Yozgat family moved that the former head of the Hessian domestic secret service, Irrgang, be heard as a witness, and that this be done before the continuation of the testimony of his former officer Andreas Temme: The case file against Temme, which is not part of the court file, contains minutes of a telephone discussion between Temme and a colleague in which the colleague had stated that, in an earlier discussion with Irrgang, Temme had been “more open than when talking to the police.”

The federal prosecution provided these minutes to the parties. Clearly both Irrgang and Temme’s colleague need to be heard as witnesses. It is getting harder and harder for the federal prosecution to explain why the case file against Temme should not be made part of the court file. Suspicions are on the rise that they are trying to keep certain information from becoming public.

The court, however, continued the questioning of Temme. Temme again feigned trouble remember much of anything. Again, his testimony could not be finished, it was interrupted shortly after 5 p.m and will continue at a date still to be determined.