Victims‘ counsel request access to files the secret service tried to destroy
Before today’s trial day, the court had denied Beate Zschäpe’s new motion to dismiss her defense counsel. Thus, speculations that the trial could be “shattered” or that Zschäpe might make a statement have once again proven to be baseless. Instead, the court conducted “business as usual” today on the next to last trial day before the summer break. However, the witness called for today, an early member of the “Kameradschaft Jena”, did not appear, having sent a doctor’s note.
Victims’ counsel brought a detailed motion to make part of the case file those files of the secret service which had been destroyed shortly after the NSU being uncovered, but which have in the meantime largely been restored:
“Today 29 victims‘ counsel brought a detailed motion to make part of the case file of the reconstructed parts of the files destroyed illegally be the federal domestic secret service, the “Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution”, in “Operation Confetti” on 11 November 2011. They also moved that the secret service officer responsible for the operation, “Lothar Lingen”, be called as witness.