November 8, 2005
Ernst Zundel and Horst Maler in Mannheim court
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This is the first informal report sent by a friend directly
from the court/Landgericht in German:
Today lots of excitement!
The court is overflowing with Zundel supporters. The
entire court is filled, and at least 20-30 more wait in the hall. There
are lots of media outlets here, so keep an eye on German media. There are
people here from as far away as Ireland, Canada, Austria, France, etc.
There is also press here from Paraguay. Some of the local press people
were saying, "We Germans are not allowed to write German
Ernst is looking in good spirits and gave me the thumbs up
during the hearing. During breaks he stays in the court room. He is not
allowed to talk to anyone but his lawyers.
The laws that Ernst [is accused to have] broken are as
1945 Nürnberg 1950 Deutschlandvertrag 1990 2 more
Deutschlandvertrags and 4 Allied laws. Specifics where not given to me,
although I asked.
The lawyers argued for Ernst's release as he has been in
jail for almost 3 yrs now. They petitioned the judge for his release and
also said since a new lawyer is coming on board, they will need more prep
time and asked for a several month adjournment. Most feel he won't be
released - that this trial is just a propaganda project.
The police went around to see if you were there, asking a
lady sitting in front of me for papers to see that she wasn't you. I am
sitting beside a man who speaks good English, and he is giving me a
running idea of what is happening.
Gunter Deckert is here - [a former political leader,
imprisoned previously for five years or more, if I am not mistaken because
he verbally translated the Leuchter Report] Lady Michelle Renouf from
Britain and another leading German - I'll try to get his name soon. He
might be from the NPD [a small but rapidly growing and much feared
Nationalist party in Germany] and a person named Max Becker, who I think
was also charged like Ernst.
I saw maybe one or two ARA types. There was no protest
today in front of the court.
The judge is constantly getting mad at the crowd in the
room because they clapped after Rieger and Ernst's lady lawyer spoke - and
booed and hissed when the judge made some remarks. I'll get [a friend] to
send a better report, but it seems like the judge is trying to throw off
all the legal counsel. So far Maler was forced not to be on the defense
team, and there was talk about removing Ernst's mandatory lawyer, the lady
[Attorney Sylvia Stolz]. Then more talk about removing Rieger and the
person from Austria [an attorney named Schaller]. They said Rieger is too
close to Ernst, and that the Austrian is too old.
The police are quite mean here. There is a heavy police
presence. At least 30-50 of them are here. You have to pass through a
metal detector, plus get a wand over you. The prosecutor was giving an
interview and someone said to him, "How do you sleep at night?"
or something similar - and the police took him away. About 15 minutes
later they escorted him out of the court house.
I tried to take a few pictures in the court. At the
beginning they allowed some of the media to take pictures - I could not
get in the court room at that time. During a break I took a few pictures,
thinking it was ok, and the police went nuts and yelled something at me. I
just put my camera away, and they seemed ok about that.
A few hours later:
The main judge read 7 pages of charges into the court
record about what Ernst has done wrong in Germany - something about being
a "Disturbance of Peace" and "Disturbance of the Peace of a
Volk - Jewish people, I think, as it was never mentioned with any
specifics [in the formal charges].
Then the Judge mentioned something that Ernst had said
about 11 Feb '04 that "Jews will be rotted out as were the
Indians", etc. - also something about the "Jew problems" -
and that he had commented, also in 2004, that "if it can't be spoken
about, nothing can be resolved." [Quotation marks added for clarity]
Further, Ernst was to have said that "Germany is not the land of the
Jews, nor the land of the Turks, but the land of the German peoples."
Then there was a very heated debate about the dismissal of
a lawyer called Dr. Maler as he has lost his licence, because things he
said about the Holocaust in court broke the law. Further he is so-called
now too old to practice. A Sylvia Stolz is supposed to act as his
assistant. [Not true!] The court had to take a recess to review if this is
true and that she could act as a lawyer in this case. She was allowed to
act as a lawyer, but they found that she has made some type of pro NS
[National Socialist] statements and [entertains some] mental views, and
thus - since she was paid by the German government - she could not stay
unless Ernst was to accept her privately. They asked him and he agreed..
Then the court said that he has too many lawyers. He has 4
and is allowed only 3. Thus he has to fire one of them. I understand that
Bock is the one he releases.
The lawyer [Sylvia] Stolz is quite stubborn and fights
with the main judge, butting heads. He seems to a) laugh at her b) gets
really upset with her. She has problems because she at some point put it
on written record that she has issues with the Jews, German law, and the
judges. This will cause a colourful trial for certain.
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