It's about time I posted this entry, which has an incomplete feeling about it. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Gustl Mollath has been held against his will in a secure unit since March 2006, after he voiced suspicions that employees of Hypo Vereinsbank — including his ex-wife — had been smuggling money to Switzerland. He was tried on charges of assaulting his wife and detained in a psychiatric hospital in Bavaria. But last year a German newspaper uncovered an internal audit report carried out by the bank that showed his claims were valid.
In the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Heribert Prantl comments on the deficiencies of the section of the Criminal Code which psychologists regard as law and lawyers as psychology. Prantl writes: in the trials in Nuremberg in 2006, many errors were made: evidence not taken into account, the judgment based on a false document and false accusations used to show Mollath was under paranoid delusions. Mollath seemingly cannot get out of the mental hospital because he is regarded as dangerous (and there is no agreed definition of dangerous). German Criminal Code:
§ 63 Unterbringung in einem psychiatrischen Krankenhaus Hat jemand eine rechtswidrige Tat im Zustand der Schuldunfähigkeit (§ 20) oder der verminderten Schuldfähigkeit (§ 21) begangen, so ordnet das Gericht die Unterbringung in einem psychiatrischen Krankenhaus an, wenn die Gesamtwürdigung des Täters und seiner Tat ergibt, daß von ihm infolge seines Zustandes erhebliche rechtswidrige Taten zu erwarten sind und er deshalb für die Allgemeinheit gefährlich ist ...Zum vollständigen Artikel