Interview with lawyer Holger Rothbauer on the trials against Heckler & Koch

 

Serious allegations for the momentous continuation of the pawn sacrifice strategy
by Heckler & Koch and the Federal Government
by the public prosecutor Stuttgart

 

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In 2010 the peace activist and author Jürgen Grässlin filed a complaint against former employees of Heckler & Koch (H&K). In 2012 his complaint was extended to include responsible officials at the Federal Agency for Export Control (BAFA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi) by his attorney Holger Rothbauer.
The DA’s office, however, shelved the investigations despite the close connections of the BAFA and BMWi officials to the case of the G36-Rifles in Mexico. These and other dubious cases of mismanagement – for which the Stuttgart DA Peter Vobiller bears much responsibility – are the motivation for this interview. It was conducted by the GLOBAL NET – STOP THE ARMS TRADE (GN-STAT) with the Attorney Holger Rothbauer just before the opening of the trial against Heckler & Koch.
Interview Holger Rothbauer für GN-STAT E
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Interview in Spanish, German


Trial Monitoring of Case 02 for GN-STAT

 

 

 

Trial Monitoring of Case 02 for GN-STAT

 

 

The illegal sale

 of G36 assault rifles by Heckler & Koch

 into Mexican conflict states

 

 

Transcripts and Worldwide Information on the Trial Monitoring

 

 

For the main hearing of the criminal trial

 in the proceedings of case 13 KLs 143 Js 38100/10

 ("Heckler & Koch")

 against Peter Beyerle, and others

 (former employees of the company Heckler & Koch, Oberndorf)

 For the violation of the War Weapons Control Act and the Federal Act on Foreign Trade concerning the illegal export

 of G36 assault rifles into conflict states in Mexico

 before the 13th chamber of

 of the Stuttgart State Court, Urbanstr. 20, 70182 Stuttgart, Germany

 from May 15th until October 25th, 2018

 

 Overview

 

 Introduction including organizational points on trial participation

 

Establishment of the trial days by the Stuttgart State Court

 

How to join the trial monitoring effort

 

<< 25 Daily Minutes in Multiple Languages >>

 

              (from May 15th until October 25th, 2018)

 

Proclamation of Verdict

 

Evaluation and Conclusion

 

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 Introduction Including Practical Tips on Observing the Trial:

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends of Peace,

 

the following information is addressed to those people

 

1) who from May to October 2018 wish to follow our minutes and reports on the 25 trial days in English, Spanish, German (and potentially other languages) - no matter where they may be in the world! You will find the minutes of the 25 days of court sessions of the main hearing from May 15th to October 25th on this page.

 

2) who would be willing and able to attend one or more days of trial and wish to actively support our trial monitoring for the GLOBAL NET – STOP THE ARMS TRADE or would translate the trial minutes into other languages.

 

Please follow this practical advice to attend the trial:

 

·       You must bring your ID or passport!

 

·       During the trial at least two (or more) people should be in the court room to take minutes at all times!

 

·       Bring a writing pad and a sufficient supply of pens and paper.

 

·       It is advisable to come early so you can seat yourself in one of the front rows. This is preferable due to the better acoustics in those spots.

 

·       In the courtroom no visual or audio material may be recorded during the proceedings or when the judges are present. Photographs may only be taken before or after the beginning of deliberations.

 

·      An information sheet with room numbers, names of the defendants, witnesses, etc. will be available in front of the court on each hearing day. It is advisable to take a picture of this document to improve orientation.

 

·       Dates and times of the trial can also be found on the website of the Stuttgart State Court.

 

http://www.landgericht-stuttgart.de/pb/,Lde/Startseite/Aktuelles/Verhandlungstermine

 

Feedback: HEADS UP - the minutes and notes should be discussed, and quotations clarified among participants that same evening. The documents must then be digitized and sent via email to Tanja Meinhardt meinhardt-tanja@web.de and Jürgen Grässlin jg@rib-ev.de (preferably in a .doc file format). Quick submission is crucial to allow translators the earliest possible access in order to speed up translations. Additionally, the transcripts will be uploaded to the GLOBAL NET – STOP THE ARMS TRADE website, www.gn-stat.org.

 

Establishment of the Days of Trial by the Stuttgart District Court

 

The beginning of the main hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, 9:30am. The room has not been determined yet. In order to find a good seat, trial observers are advised to enter the court room no later than 9:00am. Those participating in the demonstration in front of the court should enter the court room immediately afterwards - a lot of public interest is to be expected at least on the first trial day.

 

The 24 Subsequent Trial Days (DD.MM.YY) - Attention: Date shifts are possible:

 

May 2018:              17.05.2018,

June 2018:             05.06.2018, 07.06.2018, 14.06.2018, 19.06.2018,

July 2018:               05.07.2018 (Attention: This date is cancelled), 10.07.2018, 12.07.2018, 26.07.2018,

August 2018:          01.08.2018, 16.08.2018,

September 2018:    03.09.2018, 10.09.2018, 11.09.2018, 18.09.2018,

20.09.2018, 24.09.2018, 26.09.2018,

October 2018:         08.10.2018, 10.10.2018, 16.10.2018, 18.10.2018,

                     23.10.2018, 25.10.2018.

Each court session is scheduled to start at 9:30am, with deliberations set to last all day. Only on July 27th, August 1st and August 16th, 2018 are sessions only scheduled for the morning.

 

Contact:

 

Dr. Johannes Fridrich

Judge at the Stuttgart District Court, 20. Criminal Division

First Media Spokesperson for General and Criminal Justice Matters

Urbanstraße 20, 70182 Stuttgart

 

Press phone: 0049-(0)711-212-3800
Email: Johannes.Fridrich@
LGStuttgart.justiz.bwl.de

 

 

To Join the Trial Monitoring

 

In all likelihood the Presiding Judge Maurer will issue a ban on laptops, smartphones, etc. for the public in the courtroom. Body searches outside the courtroom are to be expected. Therefore minute takers will need to be prepared to take written notes of especially important quotes by hand.

 

<< The document

"TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR TRIAL MONITORING"

Can be requested via email from meinhardt@rib-ev.de >>

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

<< 25 DAILY MINUTES IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES>>

(From May 15th to October 25th 2018)

 

 

 

Each day the minutes of the hearing will be taken and edited by trial observers and subsequently translated into multiple languages by GLOBAL NET – STOP THE ARMS TRADE. In this way we intend to ensure access for an international audience. Independently the trial will also be monitored by the journalist Andreas Ellinger, who will publish his transcripts on the website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

 

Minutes, May 15th, 2018

 

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Minutes, May 17th, 2018

 

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Minutes, June 5th, 2018

 

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Minutes, June 7th, 2018

 

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Minutes, June 14th, 2018

 

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Minutes, June 19th, 2018

 

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Minutes, July 5th, 2018

 

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Minutes, July 10th, 2018

 

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Minutes, July 12th, 2018

 

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Minutes, July 26th, 2018

 

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Minutes, August 1st, 2018

 

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Minutes, August 16th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 3rd, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 10th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 11th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 18th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 20th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 24th, 2018

 

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Minutes, September 26th, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 8th, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 10th, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 16th, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 18th, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 23rd, 2018

 

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Minutes, October 25th, 2018

 

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___________________________________________________________________

 

Proclamation of Verdict

 

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Evaluation and Conclusion

 

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The minutes must be submitted on the same day to

to meinhardt@rib-ev.de and jg@rib-ev.de

They will then be published on the

website of GLOBAL NET – STOP THE ARMS TRADE www.gn-stat.org (in Spanish, English, German, and other languages)

Emergency Contact:

JG 0170-6113759 or 0761-7678208

 

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