8 December 2016

Again, Beate Zschäpe does not have anything to do with anything. And: Defense tries to delay expert opinion on Zschäpe.

Today Zschäpe defense counsel Borchert read out the defense’s statement on the Peggy K. case and on images containing child and youth pornography found on a computer in the Frühlingsstraße apartment (see the report of 26 October 2016): Zschäpe had no information on Peggy K., the computer had been used by all three persons, and she did not know anything about these images – they had probably gotten there via a used hard disk purchased by Uwe Mundlos and built into the computer. This last statement above all is transparent nonsense – a sentiment shared even by assigned counsel Heer and Stahl, according to their facial expressions when listening to Borchert’s statement.

Prior to the trial day, the court has decided to formally seize the letter Zschäpe had sent to an imprisoned “comrade”. The court is now planning to introduce it into evidence. This marks the end of rather prolonged proceedings concerning this letter, begun almost three months ago when victims’ counsel moved that it be introduced into evidence (see report of 14.09.2016).

The presiding judge and assigned counsel Heer, Stahl and Sturm then had a prolonged discussion concerning when the defense – and their expert witness – could be expected to be ready for the in-court expert opinion by Prof. Saß on Zschäpe’s mental state. The court has planned to hear Saß on 20/21 December and seems to be holding on to that plan.

After the Wohlleben defense had brought two more desperate motions for evidence, the trial day ended around noon. The trial will continue next Tuesday.