The verdict against the right-wing terrorist Beate Zschape as an accomplice of the neo-Nazi terror cell "National Socialist Underground" (NSU) is legally binding. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) has rejected her appeal and only cancelled a single sentence, the court in Karlsruhe announced. "However, the total life sentence and the established special severity of guilt have remained unaffected by this." Accordingly, the sentences against the NSU supporters are also Ralf Wohlleben and Holger G. legally binding.
For almost 14 years, Zschape lived with her friends Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Bohnhardt underground. During that time, the men murdered eight small business owners of Turkish origin and one of Greek origin, as well as a policewoman. In 2011, they took their own lives to avoid imminent arrest. Zschape set fire to the apartment they shared, sent out a confession video and turned herself in.
Also about Andre E. Wants the court to decide soon
The mammoth trial surrounding the murders and attacks by the neo-Nazi terror cell NSU ended on 11. July 2018 after more than five years and over 400 days of hearings. The Munich Higher Regional Court (OLG) sentenced Zschape, the sole survivor of the trio, as Co-defendant to life imprisonment – even if there is no proof that she herself was at one of the crime scenes. In addition, the judges determined the particular seriousness of the guilt.
Ralf Wohlleben has been identified as Weapons procurer sentenced to ten years in prison for accessory to murder, Holger G. for support of a terrorist organization to three years imprisonment. The written verdict has been available since the end of April 2020, it is 3025 pages long. Also about the verdict against the co-defendant Andre E. the BGH wants to decide still this year.
Prosecution holds verdict against Andre E. for too lenient
Andre E. is said to have procured several railcards for the NSU trio, which were ied in his and his wife's name – but with photos of Uwe Bohnhardt and Beate Zschape on them. With its verdict, the OLG fell far short of the prosecution's claim, which had pleaded accessory to attempted murder. Background is that E. also allegedly rented a motor home that the perpetrators used to travel to Cologne for a bomb attack.
Chronology – From the first murder to the unmasking of the NSU
The case Andre E. is to appear on 2. December before the 3. Strafsenat be negotiated. "As a date for the pronouncement of a decision is the 15. December 2021 in prospect," the court announced. The Munich Higher Regional Court sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for supporting a terrorist organization.
Because with E. in the only case in which the federal prosecutor's office also filed a justified appeal, the BGH had to schedule a main hearing. In the case of the co-defendants, only their defense attorneys had lodged appeals, but not the prosecuting side. The BGH examines judgments exclusively for legal errors. He hears thus no more witnesses. If the verdict stands up to scrutiny, it will become legally binding. If the appeals are successful, the judges overturn it in whole or in part. There is a main hearing only in about five percent of all appeals. (kup/dpa)