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10th Day of Trial Short Report: Connotations to the Shoa

On September 8, 2020, the 10th day of the trial against the alleged attacker of Halle: Four witnesses who were in the synagogue at the time of the attack testified. In their statements, the witnesses described the profound experience and its consequences. They’ve described how they feel in Germany today, what frightens them, and what […]

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9th Day of Trial Short Report: The Survivors Speak of Long-Term Consequences

The ninth day of the trial against the alleged assassin of Halle took place on September 2, 2020. Like the day before, survivors of the attack testified and gave moving statements. Three people who were in the synagogue at the time of the crime were questioned, as well as two people who witnessed the assassin […]

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8th Day of Trial Short Report: The Affected Speak

On 1 September 2020, the eighth day of the Halle trial, survivors of the assassination attempt testified for the first time. The joint-plaintiffs testified about their experiences of the attack and subsequent impacts it has had on their lives. In addition, an officer from the State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA), who was in charge […]

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7th Day of Trial Short Report: Lack of Competence in Online Investigations

On August 26, 2020, during the seventh day of the Halle trial, several investigators from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) who investigated the accused’s online activities were questioned. Obvious failures in these investigations became apparent thereby. The trial day began with the interrogation of the principal of the elementary school at which the mother […]

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6th Day of Trial Short Report: The Accused was Hoarding Weapon Parts for Years

On August 25, 2020, the trial against the alleged assassin of Halle resumed after a three-week break. On the sixth day of the trial, six members of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) were questioned – three of whom as experts and three as witnesses – about the weapons and explosives used in the attack. […]

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5th Day of Trial Short Report: Expert Report Regarding the Weapons Used: All Potentially Lethal

Only one hour was scheduled for the 5th day of the trial against the alleged assassin of Halle on August 03, 2020. A forensic expert report on the accused’s self-made weapons was read out and a self-reading procedure for various documents was ordered by the presiding judge Mertens, which was criticized by several representatives of […]

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4th Day of Trial Short Report: “The signs were there, we must not overlook them”

Six family members and acquaintance of the accused were summoned to the fourth day of the trial- 29 July 2020. The presiding judge Mertens announced at the beginning of the day that the witness M., an acquaintance of the defendant, had sent a certificate stating that he was unable to travel due to illness and […]

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3rd Day of Trial Short Report: A Well Connected Lone-Wolf?

On the third day of the trial, the questioning of the accused was continued by the representatives of the co-plaintiffs. In addition to specific questions regarding details on the course of the crime or statements made by the accused on the first two days of the hearing, the representatives of the co-plaintiffs asked particular questions […]

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2nd Day of Trial Short Report: The Co-Plaintiffs Crack the Accused’s Aloofness

The second day of the trial began with reading letters from Stephan B.’s relatives by the defense, according to which all family members of the accused – father, mother and sister – who had been summoned as witnesses would make use of their right to refuse testimony. The judge responded with accepting the witnesses’ refusal. […]

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1st Day of Trial Short Report: Radical Right-Wing Rants in Court

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Ursula Mertens, presiding judge at the Naumburg Higher Regional Court, opened the main hearing against the suspected assassin of Halle with a delay of almost two hours. Due to increased security precautions and for capacity reasons, the trial will be held in the Magdeburg Regional Court building.  The Federal Prosecutor […]