Subsidiary camps want to include zschape letter in trial

The side plaintiffs in the munich NSU trial demand that the letter from the main defendant zschape be introduced into the proceedings. "It is the order of the day that confiscated letters from prisoners are read out. A letter like this can shed light on the personality of the accused," lawyer jens rabe told the "suddeutsche zeitung" (saturday). Lawyer angelika lex suggested calling the pen pal as a witness.

In the long handwritten letter, which is also available to the deutsche presse-agentur (dpa), zschape writes, among other things, about her everyday life in prison. She mentions her appearance before the judge of the federal court of justice (BGH) and her worry that she has already been prejudged. In addition, she describes her feelings in longer passages. The 38-year-old has so far refused to testify in court.

Representatives of the joint camps also consider the letter significant for this reason. Lawyer sebastian scharmer voiced the suspicion that zschape could have hidden political codes in it. "Suddenly she writes about not wanting to freeze when it’s 18 degrees outside. That makes no sense at this point."The number 18 is often used in the neo-nazi scene as a synonym for adolf hitler, because A is the first and H the eighth letter in the alphabet.

In the letter, zschape mentions that she had known the neo-nazi from dortmund for only two months. However, in a letter from the dusseldorf interior ministry to the federal prosecutor’s office, it is stated that the "aubergewohnliche" correspondence could provide clues that the two already knew each other beforehand.

The letter was not objected to when zschape’s mail was checked, because the higher regional court in munich apparently considered it irrelevant. The letter was only confiscated at the bielefeld-senne correctional facility. There, the neo-nazi, who according to SWR is said to have belonged to the banned "auxiliary organization of national prisoners" (HNG), is currently serving a prison sentence of several years for robbery and extortion.