Suddenly turned into a terrorist

Lina comes from Kassel, is 25 year old, Student and has been in custody for four months. The federal prosecutor accuses her of participating in two attacks on a bar known as a neo-Nazi meeting place in Eisenach and its operator. It is also said to be part of a “criminal organization”, on whose account further attacks on neo-Nazis go. We took a closer look at the case and talked to Lina's mother about it, how it is, when the daughter suddenly becomes "Germany's most dangerous left-wing extremist" (HNA, 9.12. 2020) should be.

Solidarity graffiti for the imprisoned Lina

Am 5. November 2020 Several house searches took place in Leipzig. At least three people are being investigated. The federal prosecutor's office accuses them of planning, Preparing and carrying out attacks on neo-Nazis. One of the suspects is Lina, who was the only one arrested that morning.

In summer 2020 Lina has been in custody for a few days. The arrest warrant against her at the time was, however, suspended again after a short time. Lina complied with the reporting requirements without any objection, explain the Leipzig lawyers Elberling and Zünbül, by whose law firm Lina is represented. But in November, the federal prosecutor surprisingly took the case to himself and Lina was flown to Karlsruhe by helicopter the very next day, to be brought before the Federal Court of Justice there. She has been in custody since then. Even more surprising than the renewed pre-trial detention, however, was the subsequent press circus, tells her mother.

Political process

Lina's mother is sorry, that journalists would have tried by all means, finding something on her daughter's résumé, from which an adventurous story about the supposed radicalization of an inconspicuous young woman can be made. What are the only specific allegations against Lina about, was hardly discussed in public.

“In addition to old school friends or their professor, they even have my mother, So Lina's grandma called the nursing home and wanted to talk to her about the arrest of her granddaughter. Hardly anyone wanted to deal with the specific allegations against Lina.”

Lina's mother

The specific allegations against Lina include involvement in two attacks on neo-Nazis in Eisenach. There is, for example, the attack on visitors and the operator of the restaurant “Bull’s Eye” in October 2019. At the “Bull’s Eye” it is a well-known meeting place for neo-Nazis in Eisenach. Its operator, Leon Ringl, is a leading figure in the neo-Nazi scene in Eisenach and maintains contacts with the international neo-Nazi network “Nuclear weapons division”. Several terrorist attacks in the United States are on their account.

Neo-Nazis have been terrorizing non-right-wing young people in Eisenach for years. As for example the anti-racist and anti-fascist advice 2018 took place in Eisenach, the local neo-Nazis are attempting several attacks at once. While a play about the NSU murders was being staged inside, Antifascists outside faced a group of neo-Nazis several times. The ezra advice center registered an attack for the duration of the advice alone, three attempted attacks, a threat and property damage.

The list of acts of violence by neo-Nazis in Eisenach is long and the number of unreported cases is probably significantly higher. The self-confidence, terrorizing their enemies with the neo-Nazis in Eisenach for years, they probably draw from it to a large extent, that they have seldom encountered resistance or negative consequences.

Against this background, one must also fight in the “Bull’s Eye” and see the attack on their operator, finds Lina's mother. Ringl is not an innocent passerby either, but dangerous neo-Nazis.

In addition, Lina is accused, in June 2020 “in preparation for an attack, the home address of a target person in Leipzig” to have scouted, as it says in the declaration of the federal prosecutor. In the “Target person” was it the Leipzig neo-Nazi Brian Engelmann, the most 11. January 2016 together with over 200 other neo-Nazis and right-wing hooligans attacked the Leipzig district of Connewitz.

So who is, like apparently many journalists, asks the question, how such acts of violence come about, for which Lina is now held responsible, should possibly research instead of her biography, take a look at the political reality in Germany. In fact, neo-Nazis actually pose a real threat to many people, which has to be dealt with somehow.

Solidarity graffiti for the imprisoned Lina

Also the Leipzig soli group “Freedom for Lina” criticized, that the political framework of the whole process hardly plays a role in the reporting. The Federal Prosecutor's Office is trying with the case against Lina and the sensational press campaign, to make an example.

“How Lina is being treated right now, above all is intended to deter. No matter, whether or not she can end up being convicted for all the allegations, the political signal is clear: Anyone who organizes against neo-Nazis in Germany, is persecuted by all means and publicly portrayed as a terrorist.”

Solidarity group “Freedom for Lina”

Lina's media-effective imprisonment fits seamlessly into the recent history of political criminal prosecution of anti-fascists in Germany in general or. especially in Leipzig. The Soko Linx, which was founded specifically to combat left-wing structures in Saxony, had succeeded in striking a big blow against the Leipzig autonomists with Lina's arrest, was heard almost unanimously in the press. Above all, it was reproduced uncritically, how the special commission and the Federal Prosecutor's Office themselves rated their alleged success of the investigation.

And a notable success seems necessary: The Soko Linx has already been accused in previous proceedings, with political motivation to identify and despite unfounded evidence the “Determination success by bending or breaking” to want to bring about. In addition, the “Sniff- and ethics paragraph” 129 used, criminalizes membership in and support of criminal or terrorist organizations. The §129 place, so it says in one Handout of the Red Aid Leipzig, a “dangerous peculiarity in German criminal law” but, because with him not up “Criminal offenses that can be proven individually” being targeted, rather “Individuals due to their convictions in collective liability” would be taken.

Her lawyers also attribute Lina's second arrest and the ongoing pre-trial detention to it, that the federal prosecutor's office is now also accusing her, Part of a “criminal association” to be according to §129.

As in other 129 cases, the burden of proof seems to be extremely thin in this case too, despite extensive monitoring measures. Lina's lawyers explain:

“Extensive results from surveillance measures have also been incorporated into the files of this investigation, which intrude deeply into the privacy of the accused, to day-long observation and monitoring of conversations in private cars. Nevertheless, the "evidence", which should bring our client in connection with further attacks on neo-Nazis, extremely thin, a casual mention of a car model or the alleged involvement of a woman must suffice to substantiate the suspicion.”

Press release by the lawyers Elberling and Zünbül

Your defenders are preparing for it, that under these conditions you will have to fight hard for your client to get a fair trial. A prejudice takes place especially through the reporting, also finds her mother. This also refers to internal investigations that are actually not public. Where does this information come from??

Internal investigation passed on

Because a short time after Lina's arrest in November, numerous internal investigations surfaced in the press, their lawyers are convinced of it, that information was passed on to the press by the authorities. You have therefore filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons with the Federal Prosecutor's Office for passing on investigation files. In their statement, they also criticize the investigative authorities' press work, which go “far beyond the limits of what is permissible”. There it goes on:

[…] we learned from newspaper articles, that investigators - very likely from the LKA Sachsen - punctured file contents for the press. And we learned from the press, that investigators tell a lot of stories, approximately, that of the supposed group, whose member our client should be, Various other criminal offenses can also be assigned. The ‘evidence’ for this thesis can be summarized as follows: it was left-wing motivated acts, there was probably a woman there. "

Press release by the lawyers Elberling and Zünbül

Though on file, which are also available to Lina's lawyers, find no evidence for this claim, this story was adopted by a large part of the German press landscape.

Lina's mother also finds it remarkable, dass der mehrfach vorbestrafte Eisenacher NPD-Politker Patrick Wieschke schon kurz nach dem Angriff auf Ringl die Namen der mutmaßlichen Täter gewusst und veröffentlicht habe. Auch dass es sich bei Lina um die vermeintliche Kommndoführerin der Aktion gehandelt habe, gehe auf eine Aussage Wieschkes zurück, erzählt sie. Wieder liegt also die Vermutung nahe, dass durch die ermittelnden Behörden Informationen weitergegeben wurden. In diesem Fall allerdings nicht an die Presse, sondern an lokale Neonazis.

Vermeintliche Konspirativität

In der ausufernden Berichterstattung hieß es außerdem immer wieder, Lina habe in Leipzig konspirativ gelebt und auch in der öffentlichen Erklärung des Generalbundesanwaltes wird ihre Untersuchungshaft damit gerechtfertigt. Doch vieles von dem, was dafür als Beleg herhalten muss, erscheint bei genauerem Hinsehen nicht nur nicht verdächtig, sondern ganz gewöhnlich.

Da wird zum Beispiel herausgestellt, dass ihre Mutter die Miete für ihre Wohnung gezahlt habe. Sicherlich keine Besonderheit für Student*innen, dass das Geld für die Miete von den Eltern kommt. Zudem sei Lina der Wohnungsgesellschaft als Mieterin bekannt gewesen, sagt ihre Mutter. Wie deute das auf eine konspirative Wohnung hin? Auch die Zulassung des ersten eigenen Autos auf die Mutter würde unter anderen Umständen wohl niemandem verdächtig vorkommen. Trotzdem wird von vielen Journalist_innen unkritisch die Geschicht von Linas konspirativem Leben in Leipzig aufgegriffen und weitergesponnen.

Solidarity graffiti for the imprisoned Lina

And in Kassel?

Auch wenn bisher Leipzig im Fokus der hier beschriebenen Ermittlungen steht, ist nicht sicher, dass es dabei bleibt. Erste Anzeichen, dass die Ermittlungsbehörden auch in Kassel an Erkenntnissen über Kontakte von Lina interessiert sind, gibt es bereits.

Eine junge Frau aus Kassel, die lieber anonym bleiben möchte, bekam schon kurz nach Linas Verhaftung überraschend eine Zeugenvorladung des sächsischen LKA. Vermutlich, um sie über ihre Verbindung zu Lina auszufragen. Ihr Anwalt habe die ermittelnden Beamten auf formale Fehler im Schreiben hingeweisen und ihnen mitgeteilt, dass sie den Termin nicht wahrnehmen werde. Daraufhin hätten die sächsischen Beamten mehrmals am Tag versucht, sie anzurufen und schließlich sogar vor ihrer Wohnungstür gestanden, um sie zu einem Gespräch zu drängen.

Derzeit müsse also zumindest in Betracht gezogen werden, erklärt die Rote Hilfe Kassel, dass die ermittelnden Behörden auch ein Interesse an den politischen und persönlichen Kontakten von Lina in Kassel haben könnten.

Wir raten davon ab, auch aus Selbstschutz, ohne anwaltliche Unterstützung auf derartige Anfragen einzugehen. Wenn jemand im Kontext der Ermittlungen gegen Lina in Kontakt mit Polizei oder Staatsanwaltschaft geraten sollte, empfehlen wir, sich umgehend bei der Roten Hilfe zu melden.

Rote Hilfe Kassel

Auch in Kassel werde außerdem darüber nachgedacht, eine Solidaritätsstruktur für Lina aufzubauen, um die Soli-Gruppe in Leipzig zu unterstützen. Das befinde sich allerdings noch ganz am Anfang, Ziel sei vor allem, Geld für das voraussichtlich sehr teure und langwierige Gerichtsverfahren zu sammeln. Nicht nur für Lina, sondern auch für die weiteren angeklagten Personen. Die würden bei dem Fokus auf Lina oft vergessen. Außerdem koste allein schon ihr Knastalltag während der Untersuchungshaft viel Geld.

Dass sich viele Menschen mit Lina solidarisiert haben, gebe ihr Kraft, die Zeit in Haft zu überstehen, tells her mother. Auch bei ihr hätten sich einige alte Freund*innen gemeldet, die wissen wollten, wie es Lina geht und was man für sie tun kann. Das sei gut, findet sie, denn es sei genau das Gegenteil von dem ist, was mit dem aufwändig inszenieren Prozess erreicht werden soll.