Surprise in the trial of Lina E. The neo-Nazi hunter is now released for the time being. The arrest warrant was suspended subject to conditions.
Update from June 1, 7:40 a.m.: After the verdict against Lina E. and three co-defendants, left-wing sympathizers took to the streets. Especially in Leipzig, the mood was heated on Wednesday evening (31 May). According to the observation of a dpa reporter, a high potential for aggression could be felt there.
Demonstrators shouted anti-police slogans. Pyrotechnics were ignited. Police officers were pelted with firecrackers. A police spokesman said people had been taken into custody. There had been crimes from several groups. Demonstrators, for example, had erected barricades or thrown stones, bottles and pyrotechnics at officials. Three police officers were slightly injured until late in the evening.
Solidarity rallies for Lina E. were also held in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, among other places.
After the verdict against Lina E.: Protests in Leipzig © Sebastian Willnow/dpa
Verdict against Lina E.: Arrest warrant suspended against conditions
Update from May 31, 20:19 p.m.: Lina E., who was sentenced to five years and three months in prison as a left-wing violent offender, is released for the time being after two and a half years in pre-trial detention. The arrest warrant against them will be suspended against conditions, said Hans Schlüter-Staats, presiding judge of the State Protection Chamber at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden, on Wednesday evening at the end of the verdict. She will not have to serve the remaining sentence until the verdict becomes final.
She now has to report to the police twice a week, is only allowed to change the place of residence noted in the file with the consent of the court and must also surrender her identity card after her passport.
Update from May 31, 16:57 p.m.: The verdict against left-wing extremist Lina E. has triggered a political dispute between the Greens and the CDU/CSU. The chairman of the Green Youth, Timon Dzienus, questioned the judge's decision. "With a completely exaggerated process based on questionable circumstantial evidence, Lina E. and other leftists are being dealt with with all severity," Dzienus criticized on Twitter, adding. "What nonsense - that's why FreeLina!"
In the case of the CDU, he immediately triggered outrage. "No distance to violence and left-wing extremist criminals. I think the Green Youth has a real extremism problem," CDU member of parliament Christoph de Vries also replied on Twitter, calling on the Greens to act. However, the position of the Green Youth is not shared in all parts of the federal government.
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Trial of Lina E.: Minister Buschmann welcomes the verdict of Dresden
Update from May 31, 12:36 p.m.: Approval of the judge's verdict in the trial against left-wing extremist Lina E.: Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) has described the sentencing of the Nazi hunter to more than five years in prison as just. "You don't fight extremism with extremism. We must protect our liberal democracy from its enemies, but not with vigilante justice," the politician said on Twitter. Law and order would apply to everyone and where the boundaries of the legal system would be exceeded, the judiciary would have to take action.
Verdict in the trial: Lina E. has to go to prison for five years
Update from May 31, 10:41 a.m.: After almost 100 days of trials, the verdict against left-wing extremist Lina E. was handed down on Wednesday morning at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden (OLG). The court sentenced the 28-year-old to five years and three months in prison. After the verdict was announced, there were loud protests and riots in the courtroom. Spectators chanted "Fascist friends" and "Fuck class justice". As a result, the meeting had to be adjourned for a short time.
According to the conviction of the State Security Chamber, the 28-year-old student Lina E and a co-defendant of the same age are guilty of membership in a criminal organization; a 37-year-old and another 28-year-old for their support. For the co-defendants, the court imposed prison sentences of between two and three years. The State Protection Chamber thus remained among the criminal applications of the Federal Prosecutor's Office, which had demanded eight years in prison for E., who comes from Kassel in Hesse, and between two years nine months and three years nine months for the three men.
Hardly a picture of Lina E.: Nazi hunter hides face before the verdict is announced
Lina E. hid her face behind a file cover before the verdict was announced. There are also few other pictures of the young woman, who is now considered the head of the criminal organization. What is known is that she was born on February 20, 1995 in Hesse. She grew up in Kassel, went to school there and graduated from high school. She stated that she wanted to become a special needs school teacher after completing two school internships in institutions for disabled children. Later she studied social pedagogy in Halle (Saale).
Verdict against Lina E.: Trial against Nazi hunter triggers fear of day X
First report from May 31, 9:35 a.m.: Dresden - Unjustified attacks on political opponents: Shortly before the verdict in the trial against the alleged left-wing extremist Lina E., Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) defended the actions of the rule of law. "Here, inhibitions have been lowered to attack political opponents with extreme brutality. As a state governed by the rule of law, we must consistently put a stop to this," the politician told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), adding: "No goal justifies political violence." At the same time, she warned of a spiral of violence. Because the left-wing scene is already preparing for "Day X".
What happened? Prosecutors accuse her of attacks on neo-Nazis in three cities
On Wednesday (31 May), the Higher Regional Court of Dresden will pronounce the verdict against the alleged left-wing extremist Lina E. and three other defendants. The Federal Prosecutor's Office accuses them of brutally beating up people from the right-wing scene in Leipzig, Wurzen and Eisenach between 2018 and 2020. Lina E., a native of Kassel, is considered the head of the group, which is said to have acted as a criminal organization.
Warns of the consequences in the verdict against Lina E: Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD). © Bernd von Jutrczenka/Sebastian Willnow/dpa
The prosecution requested eight years in prison for the 28-year-old student and neo-Nazi hunter Lina E. For the three men, aged 28 to 37, prison sentences of between two years and nine months and three years and nine months were demanded. The defense criticized the proceedings as a "political trial" and demanded acquittals, as reported by the dpa news agency.
Antifa prepares for Day X: Police expect demonstrations and riots after verdict
In the left-wing scene and Antifa, demonstrations have already been called for Lina E. and her comrades-in-arms - for the day of the pronouncement of the verdict and for next Saturday. Security authorities fear riots and want to be prepared with a large contingent of police. In some cases, the right of assembly has already been restricted in Leipzig for the so-called "Day X". According to the security authorities, the scene has been mobilizing for months for the demonstrations - in some cases even throughout Europe.
Fight against left-wing extremism: Interior Minister Faeser announces crackdown
The federal and state governments are prepared. "The criminal proceedings against Lina E. and her three co-defendants have met with a high response in the violent left-wing extremist scene since the arrest of the main defendants in 2020," Faeser said. The authorities are paying particular attention to the violent threats and would intervene consistently if crimes were to be committed. For this, the Federal Police would support the respective state police. Coordination will take place in the coming days at the Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Centre, Faeser said.
Thuringia's Interior Minister Georg Maier (SPD) also warned against trivializing the scene around Lina E. "You have to suspect a network behind it," said the politician. Because there is a recognizable structure. Two or three people were not enough to take action against political opponents. The deeds had been professionally prepared. (jkf/)