Baden-Württemberg: Lawyer: "lateral thinking" initiator Ballweg remains in custody

Ballweg, the founder of "lateral thinking", has been in custody since the end of June on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Baden-Württemberg: Lawyer: "lateral thinking" initiator Ballweg remains in custody

Ballweg, the founder of "lateral thinking", has been in custody since the end of June on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. With a detention review, his lawyers wanted to ensure that he was released. An investigating judge made a decision on this.

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The initiator of the "lateral thinking" movement, Michael Ballweg, remains in custody after a detention review. The district court in Stuttgart decided on Friday to uphold the arrest warrant, Ballweg's lawyer Alexander Christ said. The district court and the public prosecutor's office in Stuttgart could not initially be reached on Friday afternoon.

According to Christ, the defense team wants to "make a statement at short notice after evaluating and justifying it". The lawyers for the 47-year-old had applied for a detention review because they did not consider the suspicions raised in the investigation file to be covered, as lawyer Christ said. After a detention review date last Monday, the Stuttgart district court initially did not make a decision, but made use of a one-week deadline.

The public prosecutor's office in Stuttgart is investigating Ballweg for fraud and money laundering. He has been in custody since June 29 because of the risk of absconding. According to the authorities, a search at the end of June revealed concrete evidence that Ballweg wanted to sell his assets abroad. According to information from judicial circles, there is a suspicion of fraud in the amount of around 640,000 euros and money laundering in the amount of around 430,000 euros.

Before the detention review, the lawyers had shown themselves confident that Ballweg would then be released. At the appointment on Monday, according to the lawyers, it should be checked whether the urgent suspicion and the risk of absconding still exist. Another verbal detention review can only be requested at intervals of three months, as the Stuttgart district court had previously announced.

According to the police, several hundred supporters of the "lateral thinking" movement gathered in front of the prison in Stuttgart-Stammheim during the detention process to demand Ballweg's release.

The "lateral thinking" movement was formed in many German cities from Stuttgart in the course of the corona pandemic. The supporters repeatedly demonstrate publicly against the political measures to contain the virus. She is observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution because of anti-constitutional views, conspiracy ideologies and anti-Semitic tendencies.

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