Trial of the Nazi attack in Halle: Fled in fear of death

In the trial of the attack in Halle on Wednesday it was about what was happening in the “Kiez-Döner”. Here the defendant shot and killed one of his victims.

Candles at the crime scene in front of the Kiez Döner in Halle on October 11, 2019 Photo: Felix Abraham / imago

MAGDEBURG taz | In the trial of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle on Wednesday, it was for the first time what was happening around the Kiez-Döner snack bar. It was the assassin’s second target, after the synagogue, in front of which he had killed a passerby and a planned attack had failed. Full of anger, he drove to the nearby diner, where he shot Kevin S. and injured other people.

Five pieces of stuff: inside were invited for Wednesday, three of them finally appear, plus a spontaneously called up witness – an LKA commissioner who secured the crime scene. Ismet and Rifat Tekin, the new owners of the Kiez-Döner, should also testify. However, the court was unable to provide them with a translator, so they could not testify.

The eleventh day of the negotiation is primarily about how people experienced the crime who narrowly escaped the attacker at the Kiez-Döner. It starts with a 78-year-old pensioner from Halle, who was only a few meters away from the perpetrator when he threw a self-made explosive device at the snack bar. A nail about four centimeters long hit her on the foot, another got stuck in the shoe.

“I thought: why isn’t anyone calling the police?” Says the witness. On the day of the act, she wondered why it was taking so long. She was able to flee from the assassin unnoticed: “He didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything either. That was certainly my great luck, otherwise I would have felt like the woman at the synagogue. “

Witness data passed on to the press?

The second witness is a professor from Göttingen who was also in the Kiez-Döner during the attack. He appears as a joint plaintiff, speaks of the rule of law and moral principles of society. The perpetrator listens carefully to him. The witness speaks slowly, in detail, describes the process meticulously – and leaves little doubt as to the authenticity of his description.

He describes the attack on the snack bar and how he escaped through a window in a storage room. Like many other things: inside before – especially the survivors – he also reports psychological problems after the crime. And from a visit to the press just three days after the attack. The judge Ursula Mertens wonders how the press knew his address. “There is only one way. Someone must have had access to the investigation file or the police statement, “says the witness and judge Mertens confirms:” Someone must have passed on the address. “Neither of them know who that was.

A survivor who was on his way to university is invited as the last witness. He is the only migrant witness of the day and says the perpetrator shot him. “When I heard the shots, I just thought: Away, away,” says the witness. He fled in fear of death, but he no longer knows exactly what happened.

In addition to the witness statements, a video of the crime is shown again – this time, however, not filmed from the helmet camera, but from the perspective of the camera that the perpetrator had attached to his body. When photos of the crime scene are shown, the court turns off public screens. The photos show, among other things, the body of Kevin S. Not again, says a lawyer, if the survivors and relatives are to be confronted with these pictures.

In the trial, 43 people appear as co-plaintiffs, including relatives of those killed, from the synagogue, the area around the kebab shop, stuff and police officers. The charges in the trial for the racist and anti-Semitic attack are: double murder and attempted murder in 68 cases.