Chronology of events
Everything started on 28.3.1995 with an alleged theft of 24 pieces (=
4.8 kg) of the commercial explosive Galamon 40 from a cellar room, which
was rented by Tarek Mousli. The thief is supposed to have tried to sell the
explosive. The potential buyer reported this to the police. The thief
stated to have found the explosive in a park.
11.3.1998: the Chief Federal Prosecution Office (BAW) starts an
investigation on membership in a terrorist organisation according to §
129a versus a person unknown. This explosive is supposed to have been
stolen in Salzhemmendorf and been used in a series of attacks by the RZ
12.3.1998: an initial search of the cellar room of Tarek Mousli
takes place after the young thief stated on 5.3.1998 where the cellar room
was. However, no explosive was found inside this cellar room and the
forensic squad was not able to trace any chemical remains.
23.10.1998 to 31.5.1999: the telephone of Tarek Mousli in
his sports school, his private telephone and his mobile telephone are kept
14.4.1999: the flat of Tarek Mousli is searched
19.5.1999: Tarek Mousli is arrested and imprisoned in the JVA
7.7.1999: Tarek Mousli admits at his review of remand in custody
to have stored explosive in this cellar room. Already on the same day the
arrest warrant is repealed and Tarek Mousli is released.
4.11.1999: the flat of Axel Haug and other flats and buildings
23.11.1999: Tarek Mousli is arrested for a second time. He is
charged with: - riot leadership in a terrorist organisation. He is supposed
to have been one of the leaders of the RZ from the beginning of 1986 to
1996 - membership in the RZ - storage of explosive - in 1996 he is supposed
to have constructed a circuit for future attacks of the RZ.
14.12.1999: as a result of the evidence given by Tarek Mousli
arrest warrants for Sabine Eckle, Axel Haug, Harald Glöde and Rudolf
S. are issued. At the same time Rudolf S. was already in prison because of
an arrest warrant that was issued as a result of the incriminating evidence
of the principal witness Hans-Joachim Klein, in connection with the OPEC
19.12.1999: several heavily armed police contingents (all in all
1.000 persons) raid the Mehringhof building and search for the alleged RZ
explosive and weapon depot. Axel Haug, Harald Glöde and Sabine Eckle
are transported to Karlsruhe.
20.12. 1999: arrest warrants are issued for all three. Axel Haug
is imprisoned in the JVA Wuppertal, Sabine Eckle in the JVA
Frankfurt-Preungesheim and Harald Glöde in the JVA Düsseldorf.
Axel Haug is charged with: - membership in a terrorist organisation and -
handling explosive without license, - administration of explosive in a
depot in the Mehringhof building Harald Glöde is charged with: -
membership in a terrorist organisation, - handling explosive without
license, - participation in an attack on the ZSA (Central Social Welfare
Office). Sabine Eckle is charged with: - membership in a terrorist
organisation, - participation in an attack on the ZSA.
16.1.2000: arrest of Sonja S. and Christian G. in Paris; on
24.3.2000 both are spared imprisonment
4.2.2000: for Axel Haug a review of remand in custody is
proposed, because at that time he was the least incriminated person
according to the evidence given by Tarek Mousli At this review the arrest
warrant against Axel Haug is extended as follows: - membership in the RZ -
participation in the attack on the ZSA - participation in the attack on the
triumphal column. In all three arrest warrants the reproach of
participation in the attacks on the head of the Berlin Foreigners Office,
Harald Hollenberg (28.10.1986) and on the Supreme Judge of the Federal
Administrative Court, Dr. Günther Korbmacher (1.9.1987) - both had
been shot in the knee - is mentioned, also participation in these attacks
has come under the statute of limitation according to criminal law.
18.4.2000: Matthias B. is arrested in Berlin, his flat and his
workplace at the Technical University is searched. On the same day the BGH
confirms the arrest warrant which claims the same accusations as against
Axel Haug: - membership in the RZ - participation in the attack on the ZSA
- participation in the attack on the triumphal column.
18.5.2000: Lothar E. is arrested in Yellowknife/Canada in the
presence of a BKA (Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation) official and
his house is searched. His arrest is based on an arrest warrant of the BGH
(Federal High Court) with the same accusations as against Matthias B.: -
membership in the RZ - participation in the attack on the ZSA -
participation in the attack on the triumphal column.
30.5.2000: a second search of the Mehringhof building. Tarek
Mousli guides the officials of the BKA via video direct line through the
building. Neither explosive nor corresponding chemical remains are found.
Only several weeks later is it known that Tarek Mousli was no longer in
custody at that time. On 27.4.2000 he was spared imprisonment under special
18.6. 2000: Lothar E. is released against a security of 100.000
Canadian Dollars (ca. 160.000 DM) under the special conditions, not to
leave Yellowknife and to call on the police station every day. The trial
for extradition against him is scheduled for the beginning of 2001.
Investigations are carried out against Lothar E. about illegal immigration.
According to the evidence given by Tarek Mousli he entered into a sham
marriage to get a Canadian residence permit.
4.8.2000: the BGH rejects the requests of Axel Haug, Harald
Glöde, Sabine Eckle and Matthias B. to be spared imprisonment.
Although the BGH states that the evidence given by Tarek Mousli is
contradictory, they interpret this as " a struggle for true
information". Among other things the BGH gives as a reason for an
alleged danger of absconding, that an extradition "because of such
'political' crimes is extremely difficult and cannot be expected
from some countries". At the end of August, the BAW announces that
charges will be brought against part of the supposed culprits.
19.9.2000: The GBA (Chief Federal Prosecutor) brings charges
against Tarek Mousli at the 2nd panel of the Court of Appeal in Berlin with
indictment. The charges are membership in the terrorist organisation
Revolutionary Cells (RZ) (§ 129a StGB), having caused an explosion and
offence oft the law regarding explosives. The trial against him is
scheduled for the same year.
11.11.2000: Harald Glöde was shifted from the JVA
Düsseldorf to the JVA Berlin-Moabit, at his own request.
16.10.2000: Start of the so-called OPEC trial against
Hans-Joachim Klein and Rudolf Schindler at the district court in
Frankfurt/Main. The chief witness Hans-Joachim Klein, who himself is
charged with jointly commited and three attempted murders, incriminates the
also accused Schindler to have taken part in raiding the minister
conference of the OPEC in Vienna 1975.
30.10.2000: The BAW brings charge against Sabine Eckle, Axel
Haug, Matthias Borgmann and Harald Glöde at the 1st Senate of the
Court of Appeal in Berlin. Axel Haug and Matthias Borgmann are charged with
membership in the Revolutionary Cells (RZ) between 1985 and 1995, Harald
Glöde between 1989 and 1995 and Sabine Eckle between 1984 and 1990.
The other charges refer to two explosive attacks in the years 1987 (ZSA)
and 1991 (triumphal column) as well as handling explosive without
30.11.2000: First public entry of Tarek Mousli after his arrest
in the OPEC trial in Frankfurt/Main. The evidence of the chief witness
"from hearsay" culminates in the assumption Rudolf Schindler had
taken part in the fatal attack against the Hesse Minister of Economic
Affairs Heinz-Herbert Karry 1981. However, nobody ever told Mousli, that
Schindler had taken part in this attack. Mousli had nothing to contribute
to the clearing up in the OPEC trial.
6.12.2000: The trial against Tarek Mousli is opened at the 2nd
Senate of the Court of Appeal in Berlin. Mousli makes an extended
confession about his membership in the Revolutionary Cells (RZ) and
incriminates Sabine Eckle, Matthias Borgmann, Axel Haug, Harald Glöde
and Rudolf Schindler again, who are further on in custody. Judge and
Prosecutor's Office agreed already as the trial was approaching on a
suspended sentence as reward for his readiness to give evidence.
18.12. 2000: After only four days of trial, which went totally
after the intention of the BAW and were not disturbed by critical
questions, Tarek Mousli gets a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment
because of his membership in the Revolutionary Cells (RZ) and his part in
an explosive attack. He leaves the court as a free man. He gets 2.400 DM
from the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation every month plus the
expenses for rent, insurance, car and telephone.
21.12.2000: In the extradition trial against Lothar Ebke the
Canadian authorities come to the conclusion to adjourn the decision until
the summer 2001. There would be serious doubt about the basic authorisation
of the German request for extradition.
28.1.2001: Now the BAW brings charge also against Rudolf
Schindler at the Court of Appeal in Berlin because of membership and riot
leadership in the Revolutionary Cells (RZ) and taking part in the explosive
attack on the ZSA 1987.
1.2. 2001: The 2nd Senate of the Court of Appeal in Berlin
decides to open the main trial against Sabine Eckle, Axel Haug, Matthias
Borgmann and Harald Glöde in March. Simultaneously to this decision
the continuation of the custody is ordered.
14.2. 2001: The sentences are spoken in the OPEC trial in
Frankfurt/Main. The court makes use of the chief witness arrangement for
Hans-Joachim Klein. Klein is found guilty of jointly committed murder and
sentenced to nine years imprisonment, Rudolf Schindler is acquitted. The
Prosecutor's Office summoned before the court 14 years imprisonment for
Klein and 5 years imprisonment for Schindler because of complicity in
murder. They announce to lodge an appeal against both sentences.
27.2.2001: The Court of Appeal in Berlin refuses the request of
the BAW on opening of the main trial against Rudolf Schindler. In their
opinion the new charge, brought by the BAW in the end of January, is
legally "used up" by the sentence of the district court in
Frankfurt/Main in the OPEC trial. Rudolf Schindler is released from
28.2.2001: The Prosecutor's Office in Paris decides against
the extradition of Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger to Germany. The
Prosecutor's Office in Frankfurt/Main accuses both to have taken part
in the attacks of the RZ during the 1970th. They were arrested in January
2000 in France under the pressure of the German authorities.
The begin of the main trial against Sabine Eckle, Matthias Borgmann,
Axel Haug and Harald Glöde is scheduled for the 22.3.2001.