12 November 2014

Informer Kai Dalek – a gabby braggard tries to backpedal

The first witness today was a federal criminal police detective who had conducted investigations concerning Jan Werner, former leader of “Blood & Honour” Saxony. Werner, who was proprietor of the Nazi label “Movement Records”, refused to testify in court, relying on the privilege against self-incrimination. It is suspected that “B&H” Saxony had decided to support the NSU with money and guns and that Werner had tried to procure a gun via Carsten Szczepanski, another secret service informer.

As is often the case at the federal criminal police, the officer had summarized several investigative actions by colleagues, but had conducted hardly any actions of his own. He was thus able to provide a good overview of the investigation, but not to relate any of his own perceptions. The defense objected to his testimony – this despite it being apparent that the court considered his testimony only as an introduction to the evidence relating to “B&H” Saxony.

Of course, the court will have to hear the witnesses and consider the other evidence alluded to by the witness. Victims’ counsel have already shown with several motions for evidence that all “B&H” members potentially involved in supporting the NSU will have to be called to testify; should they refuse to testify, previous interviews will have to be introduced via the police officers who had questioned them. In other words, the chapter “B&H” is far from being closed.

The next witness, Kai Dalek, was first used by the Berlin domestic secret service against leftist activists until 1987. From 1987 until 1998, he then worked for the Bavarian secret service. He was an important activist in the German militant Nazi scene, inter alia as coordinator of the annual “remembrance marches” for Rudolf Hess. The witness, a tall and massive 50 year-old, presented himself as a gabby braggard.

Dalek had been interviewed twice by federal criminal police while incarcerated and had asked for early release as consideration for his testimony. In those interviews, he had made severe accusations against Tino Brandt, that Brandt had built up an armed group within the “Thuringia Homeguard” (THS). Today, Dalek did not want to confirm these accusations, claiming instead that they were only inferences from Brandt having once thrown bottles at police officers, having fostered militant demeanor by THS activists and having once made an appointment with others to “go shooting”. Dalek claimed not to have any further concrete facts leading him to his earlier conclusions.

His attempts at downplaying his earlier statements came across as very unbelievable – Dalek was apparently motivated by a wish not to burden his old Nazi structures more than necessary. The court will, in order to review his testimony, have to consult the various reports Dalek had provided to the Bavarian secret service. When the trial day ended shortly after 6:30 pm, victims’ counsel had not yet asked Dalek any questions. His testimony will be continued next Wednesday.