Dec 11, 2015

Beate Zschäpe Fingers the Two Uwe's in "National Socialist Underground" Trial

via Carolyn Yeager

Beate Zschäpe after her
statement is read in court
Beate Zschäpe acknowledged in her statement to the court in Munich today that Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt committed the ten murders the “National Socialist Underground” trio has been charged with. But she denied prior knowledge, saying that in every case she only found out some time afterwards, when they told her. She describes herself as being "speechless and stunned."

She denied that the NSU was an organized group or that she was or is a member, saying it was entirely Mundlos's idea to call the group such and that Böhnhardt is the only other person who could be considered a member. 

She said that though she did not identify with the ideological motives of Böhnhardt and Mundlos, she was tied to them emotionally. “The two men could live without me, but I couldn't live without them,” she said. At one point, Uwe Böhnhardt broke off with her, saying she was too clingy and gave him no air. This caused her pain so she went out and rented the garage in Jena that they wanted for storage, and she and Böhnhardt came together again.

When she brought up the possibility of going to the authorities, Böhnhardt and Mundlos said they had made a pact to kill themselves rather than be taken by police. She said she wished the crimes had never occurred, that she felt “morally guilty” for the murders and apologized to the relatives of the victims.

Zschäpe said that in retrospect she wished an acquaintance of the group, Timo Brandt, had been captured by police earlier as it may have placed authorities further on the trail of Zschäpe, Böhnhardt and Mundlos. [Brandt was a V-man and a leading funder of the right-wing scene in Thüringia.]

Böhnhardt and Mundlos had told her to dispose of all evidence in the apartment the three shared in the event they were killed, she said. Zschäpe admitted to setting the apartment in Zwickau on fire but said she made every effort to warn other residents in the house by ringing the doorbell or knocking to see if anyone was home. 

Her lawyer Mathias Grasel read the 53-page statement on her behalf. Thursday' scheduled court session has been called off so the judges can review Zschäpe's statement and prepare written questions. Court may resume next week.

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