One defendant believes that the Federal Republic of Germany does not exist and that he was appointed "commander" of the US armed forces by former US President Trump. He tries to issue kill orders and after a procedure is committed to a psychiatric ward. The Federal Court of Justice ruled that he must remain there.
The Federal Court of Justice has confirmed the placement of a man from the "Reichsbürger" scene in a psychiatric hospital and thus rejected a corresponding appeal. The district court of Oldenburg had the then 55-year-old admitted to a forensic clinic in September because he was not guilty due to a delusional illness. The BGH has now confirmed this judgment, as stated in a message from Karlsruhe.
The man was originally charged with attempted incitement to manslaughter, among other things. The district court found that he considered himself a "commander" of the US armed forces appointed by former US President Donald Trump, who was tasked with exercising sovereign rights in Germany.
He therefore believed in the continued existence of the former High Command of the Allied Forces in Northwest and Central Europe, which had organized the military struggle against Nazi Germany in the last year and a half of World War II. In reality, this institution was dissolved in 1945.
According to the district court, the man operated Telegram channels with thousands of followers, mostly other so-called "Reich citizens", and tried to issue orders in this way. He asked a follower by voice message to kill the mayor of a small town because he didn't want to display a so-called "Official Gazette of the High Commission" in the town hall. He announced death sentences against many other people - for example against police officers, members of the judiciary, a journalist.
He also wanted to see people who spoke out in favor of corona vaccinations or who acted against "Reich citizens" dead. He had assumed that like-minded people would recognize his authority and carry out the death sentences he had pronounced.
The regional court considered the mentally ill man to be dangerous for the general public. At the same time, it assumed that the accused could be expected to commit similar crimes in the future due to his illness. It therefore ordered that he should remain in a forensic psychiatric clinic indefinitely, which the BGH has now confirmed.
(This article was first published on Monday, March 06, 2023.)