It is almost a year after the terrorist attack in Halle extreme right-wing assassin To be sentenced. He receives a life sentence – and will probably not be released afterwards either.
The higher regional court in Naumburg has sentenced the right-wing extremist assassin von Halle to life imprisonment with subsequent preventive detention. The judges found the 28-year-old guilty of double murder and attempted murder in numerous other cases on Monday in Magdeburg, and also determined the particular gravity of the guilt. This means that early release after 15 years is as good as impossible. An appeal against the judgment can be lodged with the Federal Court of Justice.
It was a “cowardly attack”, said the presiding judge Ursula Mertens at the verdict. The accused had relativized his actions and motives in many places. The man responded to the verdict with a blank face and began to take notes.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany recognized the trial and the verdict against the assassin as an important symbol against anti-Semitism. The procedure should be a model for the law enforcement authorities and courts in Germany, said Central Council President Josef Schuster on Monday. “It is not uncommon for us in the judiciary to experience poor eyesight in the right eye,” said Schuster. “In the trial against the Halle assassin, however, they looked closely. This attitude, not the perpetrator, should find imitators.”
On October 9, 2019, the 28-year-old German Stephan B. tried to storm the synagogue in Halle on the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, and cause a massacre. He threw incendiary devices and explosives and shot at the access door, but did not get on the premises. In front of the synagogue, he murdered 40-year-old passer-by Jana L. and in a nearby kebab shop, 20-year-old Kevin S.
On his escape, the man shot at police officers, drove his getaway car to a black man and shot a man and a woman in a village near Halle after they refused to give him their car. In a workshop, the then 27-year-old blackmailed a taxi that the police were able to locate with the help of the taxi driver. The police then arrested him. The Saxon Anhalter confessed to the fact.
Largest criminal case in the history of the state
With the verdict, Mertens and the four other judges followed the demands of the federal prosecutor’s office and accessory prosecution. The trial is the largest criminal case in the history of Saxony-Anhalt. For security and space reasons, the OLG had moved the hearing to the largest courtroom in the country in Magdeburg.
On 25 days of the trial, the court questioned a total of 86 witnesses and 8 experts. 45 survivors and bereaved relatives had joined the accessory prosecution and were represented by 23 lawyers. The survivors’ final lectures alone had lasted three days of the trial, and many had spoken at the time or before on the witness stand. Almost all of them had reported serious psychological consequences of the crime.