Investigation concludes that SEF inspectors hit Ukrainian to death

The investigation into the death of the Ukrainian immigrant who was in charge of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) at Lisbon airport concluded that it was the violent assaults of the three inspectors of this police that caused the death of Ihor Homeniuk on 12 March. They will be charged with co-authorship for the murder.

The Ukrainian, 40 years old, married and with two minor children in his country, agonized for almost ten hours, with several bruises, fractures in the ribs and chest that prevented him from breathing, caused by the blow of a stick and boots.

The Ukrainian, 40 years old, married and with two minor children in his country, agonized for almost ten hours, with several bruises, fractures in the ribs and chest that prevented him from breathing, caused by the blow of a stick and boots.

The prosecution of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) against the three inspectors will be known until the next 30 days, when they make up six months of the detention of these policemen, who are under house arrest.

DN learned from sources who followed the case that in the investigation coordinated by the MP and carried out by the Judicial Police (PJ), almost four dozen witnesses were heard, among which airport rescuers and security guards who interacted with Ihor since the morning of March 10, when he landed at Humberto Delgado Airport and asked to enter Portugal to come to work in agriculture, until the time of his death, at 18.40 day 12.

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Winterkorn is arguing health problems – economy

Acquittal? Fine? Jail? A good five years after the exhaust gas manipulation at Volkswagen was discovered, it is still not clear what legal consequences the scandal will have for former CEO Martin Winterkorn. He is facing two trials at the Braunschweig Regional Court. One of the proceedings for gang fraud and other alleged crimes is due to begin at the end of February, beginning of March next year. The other procedure, for alleged manipulation of VW’s stock market price, is likely to follow. But when it will be decided whether Winterkorn has broken the law is not foreseeable.

The former VW boss strongly defends himself against the allegations. But Winterkorn, now 73 years old, should no longer be in the best of health. There is talk of two foot operations in his environment this year and last, of rehab and a time in a wheelchair. There is also an old hip problem. On October 6th, the Commercial Criminal Chamber of the Regional Court of Braunschweig wants to discuss the process of fraud with the public prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Among those involved in the proceedings, according to information from SZ and NDR, it is assumed that Winterkorn’s lawyer Felix Dörr will address the health of his client on October 6th or later. If the ex-head of the company were only able to negotiate to a limited extent, then that would seriously affect the process. Dörr does not comment on request. “Our contact person is the court,” he says. But word got around to the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office that Winterkorn’s state of health will become an issue.

By the time the court rules, the defendant is likely to be 75 years old and not healthier

It took them more than three and a half years to complete the investigation against Winterkorn and four other VW people and to bring charges. It then took almost a year and a half before the district court approved the indictment with a number of changes. The Economic Criminal Chamber has partly defused and partly exacerbated the allegations. Then there is the pandemic, which does not make large processes with many people in the hall any easier. Especially with a then almost 74-year-old defendant who belongs to the corona risk group.

Until the court decides on the fate of the ex-CEO, he should be 75 years old and not healthier. Added to this is the long time that Winterkorn was publicly accused of having known about fraud and not having prevented it. Having to live with unexplained allegations for so long is credited as mitigating the penalty in court. In media reports it is said that in the event of conviction, Winterkorn could face a maximum of ten years imprisonment for fraud in a gang, a fine or up to five years imprisonment for possible misleading investors. But if he was found guilty at his age, in his condition and after so many years of proceedings, would he really still have to go to prison? Hardly likely.

The case reveals a fundamental problem in the German judiciary. Large economic proceedings often take so long that, in the end, hardly anyone in the executive suite has to expect severe penalties, even if the damage is high. The emissions scandal has cost the VW group more than 20 billion dollars in the US and more than two billion euros in Germany. According to estimates by investigators, Germany’s largest tax scandal, called Cum-Ex, cost the tax authorities, i.e. the citizens, more than ten billion. Banks and their helpers have exempted the state by having the tax authorities reimbursed taxes on share deals that had not been paid before.

One of the alleged masterminds, the Frankfurt tax lawyer Hanno Berger, left for Switzerland almost eight years ago. He and other suspects were charged three years ago. Only now, in October, will the process begin at the Wiesbaden Regional Court. The court has rejected an arrest warrant against the tax attorney with which the investigators wanted to get him out of Switzerland. Berger approaches 70 and asserts through his lawyers that he is ill and unable to stand trial. So far he had repeatedly assured two things: he was innocent and he would face the trial. The latter is now over.

Winterkorn’s lawyer Dörr should not go that far. Dörr is considered a tough, straightforward criminal defense attorney among professional colleagues. As someone who fights with an open face. And with whom one can talk. If Dörr reports to the court and the public prosecutor’s office in the next few weeks that Winterkorn is not in the best shape, then that must be taken seriously. According to those involved in the proceedings, the Braunschweig Regional Court wants to hear twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday. Winterkorn has to travel from Munich, where he lives. Should he not get through two full days of negotiations, but only half a day, then the proceedings would drag on even longer.

The matter is complicated enough anyway. It is about emission standards, a manipulated engine control software that is not transparent to outsiders and an excessive emission of nitrogen oxides, which, according to the Federal Environment Agency, is harmful to the health of residents of busy streets. According to the indictment, car buyers were selling dirty diesel vehicles as clean and therefore at inflated prices. In addition, Winterkorn’s four co-defendants are said to have been guilty of tax evasion in a particularly serious case or of aiding and abetting.

Winterkorn himself rejects all allegations. He and his defense even deny that he was now even a member of a gang. Here the court goes far beyond the indictment, which does not mention a gang. The Commercial Criminal Chamber of the Regional Court of Braunschweig suspects that the technicians responsible for the manipulated software agreed to commit fraud from 2006 onwards. The then VW boss could have joined this gang in the spring of 2014 or in the spring or summer of 2015, when he learned of the manipulation, but did nothing about it. So the charge.

In other respects too, the court has more serious suspicions than the public prosecutor’s office. In the case of Winterkorn, a “crime period” has been possible since July 2012, when he may have learned of manipulation. And not only from May 2014, as the investigators assume. In July 2012, the court sees only an initial suspicion, which the Economic Criminal Chamber wants to investigate in the process. That is even more material for a procedure that is already in a mess.

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USA after the death of Bader Ginsburg: Forever and ever – politics

While liberal America is mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the conservatives are very close to the goal of their dreams: rule over the judiciary for decades. About a country in bad shape.

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Alan Cassidy, Washington, and Christian Zaschke, New York

If you want to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s coffin up close, you need patience. He is laid out on the steps of the Supreme Court, under the roof with the inscription “Equal Justice Under Law” – equal treatment before the law. A sentence that in the USA has always been more of a claim than reality. The line is hundreds of meters long, it starts behind the building and goes around several blocks. Probably very few people in the back line know that they are just walking past Stephen Bannon’s door, the former advisor to President Donald Trump. Bannon’s house is right behind the court, painted red, three floors, 14 rooms.

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Series of attacks in Saxony: suspicion is in the air

Autonomous attacks carried out in Saxony for months, now the police have been able to arrest two men. But the evidence is extremely thin.

Happy with the arrests too soon? Saxony’s Interior Minister Roland Wöller Photo: Sebastian Kahnert, dpa

DRESDEN taz | Roland Wöller made it sound like a breakthrough. For months, suspected autonomous arson attacks on construction cranes and police cars in Leipzig, attacked a real estate agent, and set construction vehicles on fire in Bautzen and Rodewisch. Arrests but? Nothing. Until a week ago, Saxony’s interior minister proudly announced the arrest of two left-wing extremists a few days earlier: They are said to be responsible for the attack in Rodewisch. A great success of the investigation, said Wöller happily.

The LKA and the Dresden Public Prosecutor’s Office have been strangely slowed down to this day: there was silence about the arrests, “for tactical reasons of investigation”. Not even the gender or age of the accused is given. The reluctance could have a reason: According to taz information, the arrest warrants are on shaky feet.

On the night of November 5, 2019, strangers set fire to four construction vehicles with incendiary devices in Rodewisch on the site of a construction company and completely destroyed them. The damage amounted to 400,000 euros. At the same time, there was an arson attack on a construction company in Bautzen, with similarly high property damage.

“Fire cells against prisons”

In a letter of confession on Indymedia, the acts were justified in retaliation for the fact that the companies participated in the construction of the new JVA Zwickau. The companies should “not participate in the cruel business of the prison system”. It was signed with: “Militant fire cells against prisons”.

Soko Linx of the LKA Sachsen, which was founded shortly afterwards, took over the investigations into the attacks. A reward of 30,000 euros for tips was given. And the investigators went to great lengths to find the perpetrators, as investigative documents show. On the one hand, they scoured the Internet, and on the other, they attached themselves to a specific lead: a non-ignited incendiary device. Apparently they did not find any DNA traces on it, but they took odor samples.

Jürgen Kasek, lawyer

“On this basis there should never have been an arrest warrant”

A few weeks ago it seemed that the investigators had finally struck gold. They came across a Facebook profile of a 22-year-old who was critical of Hentschke Bau, the Bautzen construction company attacked. Linke accuse the owner of an earlier large donation to the AfD. With a police dog that had previously picked up the scent traces of the incendiary device, the investigators then approached the man’s flat in Dresden in early September – and the dog struck. According to the investigation documents, a second dog also confirmed that the smell of the incendiary device was noticeable in the apartment.

For the investigators, this was proof enough that the suspect was at the scene. The man was arrested along with his 23-year-old roommate. The accusation: particularly serious arson.

“Completely unfounded evidence”

But the investigators don’t seem to have any more control than the dogs. And these raise questions: Was it really possible for a dog to still detect the smell of the incendiary device in the apartment ten months after the crime? Jürgen Kasek, lawyer for the arrested 22-year-old, considers this to be impossible. “That seems impossible to me after such a long time and is a completely unfounded argument. On this basis there should never have been an arrest warrant. “

According to Kasek, his client vehemently denies having anything to do with the crime. He was also in a vocational school near Dresden during the time of the crime, with no absences. On the night of the crime he was in his previous apartment near Dresden, which his roommate at the time could testify. According to Kasek, there is no evidence of the crime on the 22-year-old’s confiscated media either. There is not even evidence that his client even belongs to the autonomous scene. In any case, he would have behaved quite unconspiratorially with his Facebook criticism of Hentschke Bau, according to the lawyer. “I’m very sure that the wrong people were arrested here.”

Examination of the arrest warrant requested

In the meantime, Kasek applied to the Dresden District Court to have the arrest warrant revoked. The court and the public prosecutor’s office did not comment on this or the state of the investigation. Even the lawyer of the second arrested did not want to say anything about the case for the time being.

Interior Minister Wöller should now look very closely at how the case develops. Because if lawyer Kasek is successful and the arrested people are released again, the investigators’ track record for the attack series in Saxony would be zero again.

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“We want to stand firm” (neue-deutschland.de)

Stephan B. in court on Tuesday

Photo: Reuters / Ronny Hartmann

Rifat Tekin was there when it happened. The 32-year-old works in the »Kiez-Döner« in Halle, which Stephan B. stormed on October 9, 2019. The attacker shot and killed the 20-year-old Kevin S .; he had previously tried to cause a bloodbath in the synagogue in Halle. On Tuesday, Tekin was called as a witness in the trial against the defendant.

He described the incident, spoke calmly and carefully. “I saw the attacker coming and I thought it might be a soldier,” he said. Then Stephan B. shot at the shop and penetrated. He ducked, said Tekin. Then he heard screams: “Please don’t, please don’t!” That was Kevin S., who was shot by Stephan B. shortly afterwards. Tekin immediately fled the store, across the street, to a restaurant across the street. There he then notified his family and heard more shots, followed the exchange of fire between Stephan B. and the police on Ludwig-Wucherer-Straße.

Tekin reported on mental health problems that have remained with him to this day. Nevertheless, he continues to work in the shop, supporting his brother Ismet, who does not want to give up the kebab shop. Judge Ursula Mertens wanted to know what plans he had for the future. Tekin said, “The future cannot be foreseen. We want to stand firm, we want to stay here. We want to stand up for this country. ”When Tekin stepped off the stand, the audience applauded. Judge Mertens let the applause go.

Stephan B. followed the proceedings in court, as almost always, with a stoic expression. Also, when Rifat’s brother Ismet Tekin later turned directly to the defendant: “He’s a coward,” he said in a loud, urgent voice. And it became very clear: “We are all foreigners on this planet. You live where you feel comfortable, where you feel safe. “And addressed to the security authorities:” I wonder why such incidents happen again and again and are not prevented. I am absolutely sure that the German state can solve these things. “

Stephan B.’s defense lawyer, Hans-Dieter Weber, complained that Tekin’s statements had nothing to do with the proceedings. The lawyer Tekins replied: “We have had to listen to Stephan B.’s anti-Semitic nonsense here several times.”

Overall, it was a very emotional day in the Magdeburg district court. First, the father of Kevin S., who was killed in the kebab shop, testified. Several times he tried to reach his son by phone. Later he saw the assassin’s video; at that moment the sad certainty reached him. Kevin S. was proud of his new job as a painter, full of hope for a bright future. In addition, football meant a lot to him. Kevin S. was a passionate fan of Halleschen FC. The father cried and Judge Mertens interrupted the session for 15 minutes.

Later, Ezra Waxman, who was in the synagogue at the time of the crime, took the stand. The scientist reported on the terrible moments of uncertainty when Stephan B. was in front of the synagogue and shot 40-year-old Jana L. Touching moment at the end: Waxman sang in the courtroom in Yiddish.

And it is also one of these touching moments that the Jewish Student Union (JSUD) of all places is now financially helping the economically ailing kebab snack bar. Because since the attack on October 9th, the »Kiez-Döner« has stopped and the guests stay away. The JSUD has therefore launched a fundraising campaign – with success: 6,706 euros (as of Tuesday lunchtime) have come together so far and thus a large part of the target of 7,000 euros.

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Do not sell vaccines for profit (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Achim Kessler, health policy spokesman for The parliamentary group of Die Linke said on Tuesday about vaccine research:

Health Minister Spahn wants to fund three German companies for the development of vaccines against the coronavirus with 750 million euros. Vaccines that are produced with public money must be the responsibility of the state and must not be distributed along the profit interests of the pharmaceutical companies. The priority must be access for health workers and risk groups.

In a statement by the press spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Sakharova, on Tuesday in connection with the renewed statement by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, on the Alexej Navalny case, it says:

We became aware of another statement by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the Navalny case, which he made on September 14th in Berlin during the press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Mohammed Hussein. Accordingly, Russia should contact the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OVCW) to get documents and medical material in the case of Alexej Navalny, in whose samples, according to the Bundeswehr medics, traces of a warfare agent were detected.

We understand this position on the German side as an excuse that suggests that Germany refuses to establish the truth in the Navalny case.

At this point it should be remembered that we still have not received a clear answer from the German side to our request to provide us with sufficient information, in particular test results, biological material and other clinical samples, to be able to report to the Federal Office for Justice was requested by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation in the framework of bilateral cooperation. (…)

As a result, Berlin violates the previous assurances that the requested information would be transmitted to us in response to the aforementioned request. Then the partners started to withdraw, sometimes hiding behind the “independence” of the judiciary, sometimes invoking the requirement to consult with the patient’s family members.

The (…) samples are necessary so that the preliminary investigations can be completed, which are being carried out by the Russian law enforcement authorities regarding Alexei Navalny’s illness and hospitalization and which have been extended until September 20th. According to Russian law, the preliminary investigation is an indispensable condition for a possible opening of criminal proceedings, because the Omsk doctors found no evidence of poisoning based on the results of the patient’s examination on August 21 and 22. We also confirm that on September 14th the Russian Public Prosecutor’s Office sent another request for legal assistance to the Federal Office of Justice, asking for information on the treatment and examination of Alexej Navalny by the German doctors. We insist that the request for legal assistance be granted.

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Opponents terrorized (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

The presiding judge Hans Schlueter-Staats (left) at the beginning of the hearing on Friday in front of the four defendants

The second trial against members and supporters of the right-wing terrorist »Group Freital« has been going on at the higher regional court in Dresden since Monday. A good five years ago they threatened political opponents and asylum seekers in the small Saxon town of Freital. In one case, the group had carried out an attack on Michael Richter’s private vehicle. The former Left Party’s city councilor was targeted by the group because he campaigned for refugees, as those involved in the attack testified in court.

In March 2018, eight members of the »Freital Group« had been sentenced to prison terms, some of which were long, and the two leading right-wing terrorists have already served nine and a half and ten years respectively. However, four of the defendants in the first trial are now at large. In the course of the hearing, the group had been declared a right-wing terrorist association by the higher regional court in Dresden.

The defendants in the second trial are people from “the second row” of the group. The 27, 31 and 53-year-old men and the 31-year-old woman are charged with numerous criminal offenses – from using symbols of anti-constitutional organizations to assisting in attempted murder. According to the public prosecutor’s charge, the acts were likely to intimidate the population of the small town southwest of Dresden and to damage the state. In addition to police officers and those affected by right-wing terrorism, convicts will also be summoned as witnesses in the first trial.

The youngest of the defendants has to answer for participating in an attack on accommodation for asylum seekers on November 1, 2015. The 31-year-old accused is charged with posing with symbols of fascist organizations and making relevant statements in chats.

The statements made by the 31-year-old suspected right-wing terrorist on Monday were anything but uninteresting. He not only stated that he had obtained explosives in the Czech Republic but also admitted that he was involved in the aforementioned attack on the car of the City Councilor Richter. He came into contact with the group through participating in a right-wing demonstration against a refugee shelter in Heidenau. This example shows once more the enormous importance of racist mobilizations. It is by no means the first time that right-wing terrorist groups network at such events. According to his own statement, however, the accused did not want to have participated in the serious rioting by a right-wing mob in front of the accommodation in August 2015.

The 31-year-old defendant was less outspoken and stated that she had only read the group’s chats “sporadically”. She was given access to them through her friend, who was convicted in the first trial. She claims to have “tolerated” its activities. According to her own statements, she only found out about the group’s crimes afterwards.

The trial before the Higher Regional Court continued on Friday and is not expected to end before January 2021.

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Convicted arms supplier to the NSU: First prison sentence served

Carsten S. was convicted of supplying arms to the NSU trio and was the only one to fully unpack. Now he has served his sentence.

He was the only one to fully unpack in the NSU trial: Carsten S., now in freedom Photo: Andreas Gebert, dpa

BERLIN / MUNICH taz | He was the only one who gave full testimony in the NSU trial who credibly regretted his actions. And the only one who accepted the judgment of July 11, 2018 and began his prison sentence: Carsten S., sentenced to three years of youth imprisonment, as a weapons supplier for the terror trio. Now he is also the first to have served his sentence and to be free again.

In the spring of 2019 Carsten S. started his imprisonment. A spokesman for the Munich Higher Regional Court of the taz confirmed that he was released on June 12 this year. He has served half of his sentence, the rest has been suspended. This is possible for juvenile prisoners. Carsten S.’s lawyer, Johannes Pausch, also confirmed the release. “He regrets what he did to this day, she will never let go of him. But he is also confident that he can start a new life now. “

Where Carsten S. was in custody remains a secret to this day, as the 40-year-old is in a witness protection program because of his statements. Even his lawyers do not know, according to their own information. Just as little where S. now lives – under a new name. He is currently reorganizing his everyday life and looking for a job, said Pausch.

Carsten S. belonged to the right-wing extremist scene in Jena in the 1990s, as did the later NSU terrorists Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Böhnhardt and Beate Zschäpe. When they went into hiding, supporters used him to keep phone contact. In 2000, the then 19-year-old brought the trio their later murder weapon, the Ceska pistol, including a silencer and ammunition. Böhnhardt and Mundlos shot nine people with a migration background with this. The first victim was Enver Şimşek in Nuremberg, exactly 20 years ago.

Carsten S. broke with the right-wing extremist scene shortly after the weapons were handed in and after a preventive detention in another matter. He moved to Düsseldorf, came out as gay and worked for the AIDS service. When the NSU was exposed in 2011 – Böhnhardt and Mundlos had shot each other after a failed bank robbery, Zschäpe had blown up the shelter in Zwickau – the past caught up with S.: He was arrested and was initially imprisoned for four months.

The bereaved forgave him

In contrast to Zschäpe and the three other co-accused helpers, S. testified in the process full of tears, burdened himself and the former NPD functionary Ralf Wohlleben heavily. He apologized to the victims of the NSU. Some accepted this, and asked the court for leniency for Carsten S. There was even a meeting of the bereaved with him.

Carsten S.’s defense lawyers had demanded an acquittal in the process: Your client never thought the murders were possible. The court saw it differently and sentenced him to an accessory to murder. Because S. was an adolescent at the time of the crime, he was sentenced to a youth prison term. Unlike Zschäpe, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, and the other co-defendants, he did not appeal.

In April there was a hearing for Carsten S. before the Munich Higher Regional Court, under the direction of Judge Manfred Götzl, who also spoke the NSU judgment. The convicted person was then certified as having a favorable social prognosis and was granted parole.

The Federal Court of Justice is now dealing with the revisions by Zschäpe and the co-defendants Wohlleben, Eminger and Holger G. In the case of Eminger, the federal prosecutor’s office also appealed. A decision on this is not expected until next year. Zschäpe has been in custody for nine years. The other co-defendants, who received sentences of up to ten years, are still at large for the time being.

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Defense impossible (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

AP Photo / Frank Augstein / dpa

Excluded inside, present outside: Assange supporter on Monday in front of the Old Bailey court in London

The decisive phase in the US extradition process against Julian Assange has been running since Monday. The US judiciary has accused the 49-year-old Wikileaks founder of helping whistleblower Chelsea Manning to publish classified material from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This exposed war crimes committed by US soldiers. A decision by the UK Supreme Court is expected no earlier than September 24th, and it is foreseeable that an appeal will be made regardless of the judgment. In the US, Assange faces 175 years of solitary confinement if convicted on all 18 counts.

The first delay already occurred at the end of the first week: on Thursday, the process was suspended until next Monday due to a suspected coronavirus case with US lawyers. Previously, there had been an unsurpassable discrediting of the proceedings: The US side had not appeared in court, and prosecutor James Lewis was unable to participate via video link due to a missing charger. On Friday it was said that the test result was negative.

The first days of negotiations were marked by harassment against the defense and attempts to shut the public out. Only nine people are allowed in the courtroom itself. Last week, the Ministry of Justice allowed journalists and NGO representatives to register so that they could have followed via a video link. This happened “in error”, so the presiding judge Vanessa Baraitser, and she withdrew 40 accreditations on Monday. Only a few observers “approved” by the ministry were then given access via a connection that was again technically inadequate. This was also denounced on Twitter by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was driven into exile in Russia: “Nobody can hear what the defense is saying – a farce” – but entirely in the spirit of Washington.

Assange’s defense had already been undermined before the beginning of the final phase. The US side quickly exchanged the indictment – the judge upheld it on Monday without any objections. The defense attorneys only gained insight in the past few weeks; they did not find out about this from the US government or the British attorney general, but from a press release. In practice, it means that new summons of witnesses in order to contrast the expanded points with exculpatory evidence are no longer possible. Defense attorney Mark Summer outlined the problem: “The new data contains additional allegations of criminal offenses, which in themselves can be grounds for extradition.”

The testimony of human rights attorney Clive Stafford Smith, who defended several detainees in the extraterritorial US torture prison Guantanamo and currently represents seven of the remaining 40 of the original 780 detainees, once again made clear why Washington is waging a lawless war against Assange. The relevant Wikileaks publications “helped end a US assassination program and free illegally held prisoners from Guantanamo,” as the British communist daily did Morning Star quoted on Wednesday. He also referred to the US “obsession” with classifying unwanted information en masse as secret, which the historian and media expert Clifford Smith confirmed on Monday: It is well known that Washington is doing this “to the point of absurdity.”

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Oury Jalloh unforgotten (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

Much remains to be determined: demonstration in memory of Oury Jalloh (January 2020)

Moral clichés, an insubstantial decision on Friday: That is the summed up of the pathetic result of the deliberation of the special report on the alleged murder of Oury Jalloh commissioned by the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt. The man from Sierra Leone was found dead on January 7, 2005 in a custody cell of the Dessau-Rosslau police station. More than 15 years after the refugee’s death by fire and the previous unexplained deaths of Hans-Jürgen Rose (1997) and Mario Bichtemann (2002) in the same police station, the governing parties CDU, SPD and Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen merely declared their intention to amend the laws in this way to shape “that no person can ever again die in the custody of the police”. For the time being, however, there will be no parliamentary committee of inquiry despite explosive indications of political influence being exerted on the outcome of the investigation.

The Left parliamentary group had already called for one in early 2019. But no other party supported the initiative, which therefore failed. The “Kenya Coalition” had already appointed the two lawyers Manfred Nötzel and Jerzy Montag. In their report, presented at the end of August, they complained on the one hand of serious violations of the law by the police in 2005. For example, the officers illegally arrested the victim and did not monitor them adequately, did not call a judge, did not secure evidence and argued racistically. They also gave politics bad marks. Attorney General Jürgen Konrad and Justice Minister Anne-Marie Keding (CDU) had misinformed parliament. Keding’s then State Secretary Hubert Böning (CDU) had meanwhile at least tried to exert political influence on the investigative authority – shortly before Halle’s chief prosecutor Heike Geyer closed the case. On the other hand, Nötzel and Montag saw no further investigations.

The work of the special advisers shed light on the “terrifying conditions” at that time, said the Left MP Henriette Quade. She does understand that missing evidence, kidnappings and false statements by police officers cannot be corrected. “But that doesn’t rule out political reappraisal,” she warned. This is even “imperative because of clear indications of political influence.” Instead, the CDU and AfD in particular blocked everything. The report could not be complete either, because the special advisers of the state parliament were not allowed to speak to judges and public prosecutors. Quade’s parliamentary group called on Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) to remove the Minister of Justice. “Anyone who deliberately deceives is unbearable in this position,” she said.

Keding denied the allegations. On September 28, 2017, you could not yet know whether the proceedings would actually be discontinued. It should be noted that at this time, the reasons for the hiring had been available to the Halle public prosecutor’s office for a month. Jens Kolze (CDU) accused the left-wing faction of “retirement folklore”. The case was closed for him in parliament. AfD politician Thomas Höse etched that Jalloh was to blame for his death by fire because he was not law-abiding. The SPD MP Silke Schindler said that they were now for a committee of inquiry in the next legislative period. Even the Greens “no longer want to close themselves off”.

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