In the major NSU trial,
in which the Munich Regional Court solved the murders of the neo-Nazi gang, a
joint plaintiff represented by a lawyer was also admitted, who - as it later
turned out - never existed. The lawyer, who claimed to have only ever contacted
the client through an intermediary, received a total of 211,000 euros from the
state for his representation.
After the scam was exposed, the colleague himself is now on trial. He is said to have already paid back part of the fees. He is also accused of having represented a phantom in the big "Love Parade" trial in Duisburg, which dealt with insufficient safety precautions at a big music event where many young people died. The public prosecutor's office requested a suspended prison sentence of 2 years and a two-year ban from practicing. The verdict was not yet available at the time of going to press.
We do not like to comment on the misconduct of colleagues. In this case, however, we are of the opinion that all ethical boundaries are crossed when one sits next to real victims who have experienced immeasurable suffering and feigns false consternation on every trial day for years.