Eminger defense brings challenge for alleged bias – trial to continue Wednesday, 29 September.
As could be expected, the Eminger defense today brought a challenge for alleged bias against all five judges. It did so before the start of the trial day, which therefore did not even begin.
The trial can only continue after a decision on this challenge has been reached. The court is currently planning to continue the trial next Wednesday – however, further delays may arise, e.g. if the Wohlleben defense brings its own challenge in the next few days. It is therefore not unlikely that the closing statements of victims and their counsel will be postponed to the week of 25 September.
On this first trial day after accused Eminger was detained, several family members visited the trial –his wife Susnan (who is herself accused of supporting the NSU) and two family members were among the members of the public watching the trial from the public gallery.
Detention order against Eminger leads to previously unseen bursts of activity from his counsel.
As expected, the court issued a detention order against Eminger as requested. Eminger will thus remain in Stadelheim prison.
The court thus held that Eminger is “strongly suspected” of all crimes he is charged with and that the expected sentence leads to a danger of absconding. In other words: the court will in all likelihood find Eminger guilty of all charges, including of aiding and abetting attempted murder for his involvement in the Probsteigasse bombing attack, and it will sentence him to a prison term that is at least in the vicinity of the twelve years requested by the prosecution.
Final day of the prosecution’s closing statement: lengthy prison sentence for Eminger. And: betrayal pays off.
This morning, the presiding judge gave notice to accused Eminger that the two counts of aiding and abetting robbery contained in the indictment could also be considered as aiding and abetting armed robbery in the judgment.
Prosecutor Dr. Diemer than concluded the closing statement with the concrete motions for sentences. The details will be available in the minutes which we will publish (in the German language) in a few days. Here, we will limit ourselves to the sentences the prosecution is asking for: