Again and again Chemnitz. Alexander S., formerly a leading activist of the violent Free Forces Schwalm-Eder (FKSE), testified on Thursday in the trial of the murder of the Kassel District President Walter Lübcke. Monosyllabic, with many “I can’t say exactly”, “I don’t remember” and “I don’t know anymore” as well as the assertion that I haven’t been active in the right-wing scene since 2014. He even claims to have changed his political attitude: “I can’t do anything with the ideology.” Although he then declared that he had been to AfD events afterwards, including 2018 in Chemnitz.
It is the 23rd day of the trial against Stephan Ernst, that of the murder, and Markus H., who is accused of psychological aid in the murder of Walter Lübcke. H. was recently released from custody and is still in the dock. According to a press release, the Higher Regional Court expects the trial to end in December – the most important witnesses invited have been heard, and the Senate recently turned its attention to the second charge: Ernst allegedly stabbed an Iraqi refugee in the back in 2016. Ahmad I is still suffering from the injuries today. He is a co-plaintiff in the trial and is due to take the stand on October 29. One is not much closer to the truth: Ernst has revoked two confessions and made a third, and not only has he made himself untrustworthy, several witnesses contradicted themselves or let themselves be caught lying.
Alexander S., blue jeans, sneakers, light-colored hooded sweater, comes to the stand with legal assistance. He has been friends with Markus H. for over ten years. He had only briefly known Ernst through H. What made him interesting for the investigators in addition to his political convictions: S. communicated with H. and Ernst in encrypted form via the Threema messenger service. All three deleted the chats after the murder of Lübcke. An expert confirmed in court on Thursday that the news could not be restored, there are only indications that “there was once more data.”
What were they talking about? Did they exchange radical right-wing ideas? Did they even talk about plans to kill? According to S., the chat with Ernst was quite harmless: he only wrote to him once when he needed help on a study project. He picked up the component from Ernst, and even then they spoke very little. He deleted the chat when it became more and more likely that Ernst had actually murdered Walter Lübcke. It was “emotionally very strange” for him to “have” a chat with a potential murderer on his smartphone.
He wants to have forgotten many other things. He couldn’t think of the name of a YouTube channel operated by himself, names of comrades who were in the car with him were unknown to him, last names had been forgotten. When asked whether he had seen Nazi devotional objects in Markus H.’s apartment, the only thing that occurred to him was a GDR flag that was said to have hung over his desk. When asked, he then mentioned tin figures that had been “a hobby” of H. He did not say that some of them showed the Hitler salute, as known from earlier negotiations. S. also did not mention an original Zyklon B can that H. used as a pen holder. He wanted to remember exactly, however, that both he and H. were surprised when they learned that Ernst Lübcke should have murdered.
When asked, he said that Ernst’s son was present at one of the demonstrations. And that he drove back from Chemnitz in a car with a man – the anti-fascist is known as the leading neo-Nazi from Central Hesse between 2010 and 2014.
This shows once again the importance of the funeral march in Chemnitz in 2018. It is considered to be the alliance of the neo-Nazi scene with Pegida and the AfD, who were killed after the fatal knife attack on 35-year-old Daniel H. for whom a Syrian and an Iraqi were arrested. mobilized there. At the demonstration there were attacks on migrants, as the Saxon State Criminal Police Office confirmed. Well-known neo-Nazis from the greater Chemnitz area are said to have agreed to violence against migrants. Ernst and H. also took part in the funeral march. S. claims to have been there independently of them.
After interviewing Alexander S., an expert was heard. He had looked at the thermal imaging camera that had been found on Ernst’s. A picture of Walter Lübcke’s house was taken with the camera. According to the expert’s calculations, the picture is from the late evening of May 31, 2019, the night before Walter Lübcke’s murder. Since the camera’s clock is running a little slower than it should, the displayed recording date (in summer 2018) does not match the actual recording date. The computer scientist explained that the calculation was nothing more than “a little math”.
A witness also testified to have seen a man at Walter Lübcke’s place of residence at the time. The man got out of a car that at least resembled Ernst’s VW Caddy, took out a rucksack, and went first towards the street of the Lübckes. When people approached from there, he changed direction. Ernst denies having been in Istha that evening. It could be one more lie.
The trial will continue on October 27th. A police officer is loaded. Ahmad I is supposed to testify on October 29th. The April 6th initiative calls for solidarity observation of the trial and a rally in front of the General Public Prosecutor’s Office at noon.