28 June 2016

Tedious gathering of evidence necessary for the judgment

Today the court heard the testimony of two police officers: the first testified on the finger prints of Beate Zschäpe found on two newspaper articles reporting on the NSU’s crimes – these articles were found in an “archive” in the Frühlingsstraße apartment. The other witness, a detective with the Kassel criminal police, testified on attempts to find out the precise time of the murder of Halit Yozgat in Kassel in 2006 – as previously reported, secret service officer Temme had been present at the crime scene and had not reported to the police as a witness.
The court also read out the minutes of an interview conducted by Swiss authorities with Hans-Ulrich Müller, who according to the indictment was responsible for transporting the Ceska pistol from Switzerland to the mixed scene of Nazis and common criminals in Jena, from where it then found its way, via accused Wohlleben and Schultze, to the NSU. Müller had refused to come to Munich, but had testified to Swiss authorities.

The trial day again showed that the court still has to formally consider a large amount of evidence, many of which has already been generally talked about, in order to be able to use it in the judgment.

Besides these rather dry details, the court also once more viewed an early version of the video in which the NSU claimed responsibility for its crimes, thus again showing the inhuman and racist hatred apparent in the NSU’s crimes.