I wish this video was in English, so non-German speakers could understand this. There is a world-class scandal happening in Germany at this moment: It is just absolutely outrageous how the life of whistleblower Gustl Mollath is being destroyed.
For seven years he has been held detained against his will – not in a regular prison, but in a Bavarian psychiatric ward, pretty much a mental asylum. I wonder how long a person can be in there and actually keep her sanity.
Why is he being detained? Because he spoke out against his ex-wife and her employer Hypo Vereinsbank, who were laundering money through Switzerland. In fact, physically driving money from Germany to Zurich for their clients. The thing is, in 2012, journalists uncovered an internal bank report from 2003 (!) that shows that Mollath was in fact right all along!
However, this was still not enough to set him free: The court ordered that Klaus Leipziger, the psychological expert whose first evaluation was the basis for the detention, re-evaluate the case. But the expert, who evaluated Mollath as insane without having ever personally met him, is now feeling ’negatively influenced’ and refuses to do his job – so Mollath remains in custody for another year!
There are numerous other egregious inconsistencies in this case, such as witnesses that have testified that the ex-wife unmistakenly threatened to destroy Mollath’s life and put him in the ‘loony bin’ if he talked about the money laundering. Or judge Otto Brixner that called the investigators of the (as we know today: valid) tax fraud claims and convinced them to drop the case because Mollath was supposedly insane. Then in court, the judge used the fact that there was no investigation as a proof for Mollath’s insanity. Brixner even admitted to the investigation committee that he had never fully read the 106-page defense.
Yet Mollath remains locked up. Beate Merk, the Bavarian minister of justice, continues to cover for all the atrocious mistakes in this case, justifying the fact that there were never any investigations of Mollath’s claims, and still keeps to her story that there were no mistakes made and she had never been untruthful about any detail of this case.
This is the only English article I could find on this so far. This case needs to get more international attention.
But as if the story has not been scandalous enough, a harmless tweet by a professor (and conservative (!) party member) that there might be an opportunity to ask Merk about Mollath’s release during one of her public appearances got her a visit by the police, suggesting she delete the tweet and stay away from the event.
Our government likes to criticize judicial processes in other countries, but we don’t need to look very far to see incredible injustice happening.
How shameful, Bavaria. How shameful, Germany.
[EDIT: German speakers might also appreciate this fantasticly sharp-tongued piece on Beate Merk who is responsible for Mollath’s continued imprisonment and the post-tweet police visit. Thanks, Christoph Süß at quer: ]