29 June 2017

Another motion for evidence rejected, another challenge for alleged bias brought

The assigned counsel of accused Zschäpe announced today that they did not have any questions for expert witness Prof. Saß. Thus Saß’ expert testimony could finally be concluded, after a period of roughly six months during which he had time and again appeared in the courtroom to give his expert opinion and to answer questions. The defense announced that they would make further comments on their motion for an additional expert witness. They have been given until next week to do so.

The Wohlleben defense again tried its hand at conspiracy theory motions, asking for evidence concerning alleged gunshot residues on gloves found in the house of secret service officer Andreas Temme which allegedly conformed to the ammunition used in the commission of the murders. Of course, the defense neglected to mention that other evidence conclusively proves that Temme could not have been the shooter. Their motion will be rejected, like many before it.

Another motion concerning Temme was brought by victims’ counsel for the Yozgat family, who are trying to prove that Temme had lied to the court. Sadly, this motion will also be denied too – the court has made very clear that it is not at all interested in clearing up the many inconsistencies in his statements and instead willing to simply believe everything Temme says (see the report of 12 July 2016).

The court then rejected two further motions by the Wohlleben defense, including the motion for an expert witness (see the report of 21 June 2017). The defense reacted by way of another challenge for alleged bias, which will again be unsuccessful, but will again eat time.

The trial day next Tuesday has been cancelled. The trial will continue next Wednesday, 5 July 2017 with two witnesses on details concerning one apartment used by the NSU core trio. Their testimony, which is based on a motion for evidence by victims’ counsel Eberhard Reinecke, may challenge another aspect in Zschäpe’s own testimony.