24 January 2018

Further delays due to the motion for evidence. No trial tomorrow.

Today the Wohlleben defense replied to the comments on their motion for evidence of [link] yesterday. It is not clear why the defense had needed additional time to prepare that reply, as it consisted largely of banalities, baseless speculations and the claim that the evidence taken in court had been insufficient to prove that Wohlleben and Schultze had procured the murder weapon – a claim which both the court in Munich and the Federal Court of Justice have roundly rejected in several decisions on Wohlleben’s continued detention.

The court did not decide on the motion today and will not do so tomorrow, either. Instead it has canceled the trial day tomorrow, the trial will continue next Tuesday, 30 January. If – as is to be expected – the court rejects the motion, it seems quite likely that the defense will react with another challenge for alleged bias, leading to another wasted trial week. 

The state of health of accused Wohlleben was not considered in court this week – it seems likely that the court has dealt with that issue outside the courtroom last week.

This week, parties also learned that the sister of Süleyman Taşköprü had withdrawn from her position as accessory prosecutor. After the reactionary closing statement [/link] of her counsel Wierig, she had first moved that Wierig be dismissed as her counsel, a motion which Wierig had opposed.