Short reports: February 2002
28.02.2002: 57th day in court
Axel H. freed after personal declaration - more and
more doubts about credibility of crown witness
The recital of a personal statement of the accused Axel H. today,
led to the end of 26 months of imprisonment on remand for the accused.
In his declaration he said that in 1986 he was involved in discussing
the so-called "refugee campaign" within the structures
of the RZ under the code name "Anton" as well as having
taken care of the two illegals "Jon" and "Judith".
After only loose contacts with the RZ in 1987, he then split completely
from the organisation in the beginning of 1988. He was not involved
in any attacks and there had never been any explosives hidden in
the Mehringhof in the time during which he had been caretaker of
During the following interrogation of the crown witness Tarek Mousli,
serious contradictions emerged. His description of the room where
the explosive was allegedly hidden diverges in main characteristics
from those rooms in which (with his help via a live video line and
without any success) the explosives were searched for.
Further, in a table the crown witness made to portray contacts
between RZ members allegedely known by him, he had made notes in
forms of letters if he actually knew of the contacts or merely suspected
they existed. These notes were then partially changed and corrected
21.02.2002: 56th day in court
In the end, it is "not recallable"
Today, the questioning of the crown witness by the defence on the
declaration of Rudolf Sch. was continued. The exclusive theme was
the bomb attack on the Central Social Security Office for Asylum
Seekers (ZSA) on 6.2.1987. Schindler had said that this attack had
been "Mousli's project", which both of them had conducted
alone. In Mousli's version, all accused had taken part in the attack.
He claims he was only involved in the security measures.
The justified doubts about Mousli's version have not been plucked
out of thin air. Whilst during his first interrogations he incriminated
all the accused, he only took back his accusation against Harald
G. after the BKA intervened. The police kindly told him that Harald
G. had actually been in police custody at the time of the attack.
It was impossible to clarify today, if Harald G. had taken part
in a meeting one week after the attack, as Mousli had then claimed.
Mousli thought it was "not recallable" if Harald G. was
there or not. It also remained unclear why Harald G. was supposed
to be involved in this action at all, as the police led investigations
against him at the time. In relation to these investigations, his
house was searched in Decemeber 1986, three months before the attack.
According to Mousli, this did not stop the RZ to involve Harald
G. in the preparation of the attack in January 1987. It also remained
unclear why the action should have to be secured by all the RZ members
and why Matthias B. should have played a role in the choice of the
object to be attacked.
15.02.2002: 55th day in court
Now word stands against word
Mousli denies central points of Schindler's statement
After more than a two week break, the presiding judge Hennig confronted
Mousli with the statement of Rudolf Schindler today. In his statement
to court of 18.1.2002, Schindler had confirmed his membership in
the RZ and given partial admissions, but accused Mousli of far-reaching
perjury. According to Schindler, Mousli had attempted to play down
his involvement in actions and incriminate other persons with a
mixture of lies and partial truths.
Today's main themes were the contradictory statements of Schindler
and Mousli on the structure of the Berlin RZ and on the events surrounding
the attacks on Hollenberg, Korbmacher and the ZSA. Mousli, who was
obviously well prepared, largely defended his statements and accusations.
Mousli's interrogation by the defence will be continued next week.
Meanwhile, on grounds of a serious accident involving a family member,
another one of the accused, Matthias Borgmann, was released from
imprisonment on remand. 100,000 DM bail were demanded.