Prosecutor speaks of "general trend"
It is a case that made headlines nationwide and for that very reason is a major challenge to the judiciary. The trial of eleven young men, who allegedly raped an 18-year-old in front of a Freiburg disco, takes place under great public interest. The parties to the judiciary are exposed to hostility and threats.
Process in focus of the public
The criminal case before the district court of Freiburg reflects a general trend, said prosecutor Thorsten Krapp. Lawyers are often insulted and threatened – sometimes even with death. The prosecution investigate and try to find the authors of threats and hate messages. Threats and hate comments are often received by phone, email, and post, as well as social media, according to Krapp.
They came from "completely uninvolved persons" who pursued criminal proceedings through the media and wanted to express their opinions. In the Freiburg proceedings not only defenders, but also the victim protection lawyer had been threatened.
Eleven men have probably raped 18-year-olds for hours
After the trial began, the presiding judge had already warned the public to be lenient after defenders had been targeted. The process started at the end of June. There are 11 men aged 18 to 30, most of them refugees.
You are accused of rape or failure to help. They allegedly raped the 18-year-old or did not help her. The accused deny this or mention the allegations.