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The verdict in the Lübcke trial is expected on January 28 | Free press

The allegations against Stephan Ernst are serious, the prosecution is calling for the maximum penalty for the alleged murderer of Walter Lübcke. The ruling is now expected on January 28 due to postponement.

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – The verdict in the trial of the murder of Kassel district president Walter Lübcke is expected to be announced on January 28. The reason for this is the postponement of the pleas.

Originally, the closing lecture of the lawyers of the main defendant Stephan Ernst before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Frankfurt was scheduled for this Thursday. However, this was canceled because the court again took brief evidence, rejected the sub-prosecutor’s requests and issued a legal notice.

Ernst’s attorneys will plead this Thursday, January 26, originally scheduled for the verdict, while the attorneys of the second defendant will plead. In the trial, the 47-year-old German Ernst has to answer for murder. He is said to have shot the CDU politician Lübcke on the terrace of his house in June 2019. His former colleague and friend Markus H. is accused of complicity. He is said to have influenced Ernst politically.

The federal prosecutor’s office is based on a right-wing extremist motive and demanded life imprisonment and subsequent protective custody for Ernst. For H., federal prosecutors argued for a nine-year and eight-month prison sentence. Lübcke’s widow and sons, who are joint plaintiffs in the proceedings, had also called for H. to be convicted of murder through their attorney. They are convinced that he can be classified as an accomplice and that he was seriously on the scene.

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