11 January 2017

Another failed attempt by the Wohlleben defense. And: Oral expert opinion by Prof. Saß delayed once more.

Today the court once again heard expert witness Prof. Leygraf, who had submitted an opinion on accused Carsten Schultze. Leygraf’s previous opinion had concerned the question whether Schultze, who was 19-20 years old at the time of his crimes, should be tried as a minor or as an adult. Today, the court had questions on another issue: the Wohlleben defense, trying to call into question Schultze’s statements which massively incriminate Wohlleben, had claimed that Schultze suffered from various mental illnesses. As Leygraf had conducted an in-depth exploration of Schultze, he was questioned concerning those issues. Leygraf saw no indication at all that Schultze was suffering from a mental illness and did not waver in the face of somewhat inept questions by the Wohlleben defense. 

The federal prosecution gave its comments on yesterday’s motions by Zschäpe’s assigned counsel Heer, Stahl and Sturm, asking that they all be rejected. Heer, Stahl and Sturm announced that they wished to reply tomorrow morning. As the court will take some time for its decision on these motions, it seems likely that Saß will not be able to present his opinion tomorrow. No other witnesses have been called for tomorrow.