Attorneys for the main defendant’s defense plead in the Lübcke trial | Free press

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The allegations against Stephan Ernst are serious, the prosecution is calling for the maximum penalty for the alleged murderer of Walter Lübcke. What arguments do defense attorneys make for their clients?

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – In the trial of the murder of the district president of Kassel Walter Lübcke, the lawyers of the main defendant Stephan Ernst have the floor with their closing words.

The 47-year-old German is said to have shot the CDU politician on the terrace of his house in June 2019. The federal prosecutor’s office, which is based on a right-wing extremist motive, filed a petition for life imprisonment for murder in December, declaring the guilt to be particularly serious, with subsequent preventive detention – the highest possible punishment under German criminal law. Ernst is also accused of a knife attack on an Iraqi refugee in January 2016. The man was seriously injured.

Ernst had confessed the crime to the police and in the proceedings before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Frankfurt, but described different versions. In his appearance in court, he had expressed his will to participate in an exit program for right-wing extremists. The 47-year-old has been convicted of arson in a house inhabited by foreigners and assault since childhood. He was active in the extreme right-wing scene for years.

Ernst’s former work colleague and friend Markus H. is also charged with complicity in the proceedings. Unlike Ernst, he exercised his right to refuse to testify and did not comment on the allegations. His lawyers will be speaking in the next week.

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