Main trial against Stephan E. and Markus H. opened for charges of homicide of Dr. Walter Lübcke (District President of the city of Kassel) and of aiding and abetting thereto

Today, the 5th Senate (State Security Senate [Staatsschutzsenat]) of the Higher Regional Court (OLG) has opened the main trial against the 46-year-old Stephan E. and the 44-year-old Markus H. and admitted the indictment of the Attorney General of the Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) for the main trial. Furthermore, the Senate held that both defendants will remain in pre-trial detention.

No. 43/2020

The defendant Stephan E. is charged with the homicide of Dr. Walter Lübcke (District President of the city of Kassel) by shooting him in the night from 1 to 2 June 2019. The defendant Markus H. is charged with aiding and abetting by providing support to Stephan E. regarding his decision to commit this crime. Both defendants are charged with having commited these crimes based on extreme right-wing political convictions.

Furthermore, charges are raised against Stephan E. for stabbing with the intent to kill a male person of Iraqi origin on 6 January 2016 in Lohfeld, who lived in a centre for initial refugee reception. This crime was, according to the criminal charges, also motivated by the extreme right-wing political conviction of the defendant.

The main trial will start on 16 June 2020, at 10.00 am, in the Court Room 165, Court Building C, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 20, 60313 Frankfurt/Main, and will be continued on 18 and 30 June 2020. The further dates for the main trial have been determined as follows: 2, 3, 27, 28 and 30 July 2020, 5, 7, 10, 13, 19 and 27 August 2020 and, thereupon, until the end of October 2020 every Tuesday and Thursday.

Please kindly note the seperate press information for media representatives on media reports of the trial (press release No. 44/2020). Also kindly note today‘s invitation to the press conference for media representatives (press release No. 45/2020)

English version: Dr. Charlotte Rau

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