Love Parade Trial 2018

The following are a collection of posts for German news outlets on the the Love Parade Trial. We are using Google Translate to convert to English, but including the original media link.

We will endeavour to update this as often as possible.

 

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8th August 2018

Rabe in the Loveparade trial: “I did not want to point my finger at the police”

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Mistakes by police have allegedly led to mass panic at the Love Parade. This reproach expressed the former Duisburg Ordnungsdezernent Rabe.

Shortly after the accident, it was clear to the fire chief of the Duisburg fire brigade what fateful circumstances presumably led to the mass panic at the Duisburg Love Parade: the police chains, errors in the isolation systems and the fact that police vehicles stood where they did not belong, namely on the accident ramp. That said the former Duisburg Ordnungsdezernent Wolfgang Rabe on the second day of his interrogation in the Loveparade criminal case.

Sunday morning at 6 clock, 12 hours after the accident, today’s fire chief Oliver Tittmann said this in the conversation with Sauerland and Raven in his office. Rabe has publicly expressed this accusation now for the first time: “I did not want to point my finger at the police and intervene in the investigation.” So far, there had been no blame on the part of the city of Duisburg, which is responsible for the disaster with 21 dead and several hundred injured.

Already in the run-up to the trial, the role of the police on the day of the disaster was in the public discussion. But ultimately no representative of the police was indicted in this criminal case. A circumstance that had already been criticized at the beginning of the mammoth process, including by the defenders of the ten defendants.

Again and again the name Schreckenberg falls

After the first day of his interrogation, the planning in the run-up to the Love Parade were in focus, Rabe should now once again outline the events on the day of the disaster itself. He himself had headed the crisis team that city had installed for the big event that day. A perfectly normal procedure, explains Rabe, also to put the “functioning of the state apparatus” and the cooperation of the authorities in such a large-scale situation to the test.

Shortly after 17 o’clock then the first emergency call was received, that there is a death in the Loveparade. At this time, Rabe himself was briefly on the site to make himself a picture of the Love Parade. After receiving the message from a city spokesman, Rabe headed directly to the fire station in Duissern where Crisis Staff and Fire Brigade crew met. A firefighter got him there with blue light, the 64-year-old remembers.

Only a short time later, the numbers of the dead and injured increased. The crisis staff turned on district government and Interior Ministry. Everything that was decided there is recorded in a diary and read out point by point. Also, that in the course of the evening Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft and Interior Minister Ralf Jäger visited the crisis team and could be informed.

Also on this day of the negotiations the name Schreckenberg came into play again and again. Too many unanswered questions were still in prosecution and co-plaintiffs, as regards the award of the contract to the physics professor. Schreckenberg had to check the event planning for the city, “Professor Schreckenberg has told us in his statement but something else,” said Judge Mario Plein to the statement of the traffic jam a week earlier. He wants to have commented on individual aspects only by acclamation. He should not have dealt with the venue itself. That contradicts Rabe. For him it was clear that Schreckenberg consider the entire venue.

Why the police found no sent emails on Rabes service computer

And another question occupied the court: Why did not find the police on the service computer by Wolfgang Rabe actually no e-mails to the Love Parade? Were they deleted, for example, to cover up something, as a specialist in the Cologne police suspected? Knowingly, at least this did not happen, says Rabe and provides an insight into his work, which he cultivated for decades – whether as a district director in Wesel or even as a deputy in the Duisburg town hall.

He had his electronic mail answered by either his anteroom or his personal speaker. On his service computer he had, if anything, used the word processor. For correspondence, he always used the writing computer or dictation machine. Computer, that was not quite his world, could be heard from it. Even today, where his “better half” sent for him. He was a “fossil” in this matter.

Loveparade criminal trial: Former lawyer Wolfgang Rabe testified as a witness

The coordinator came together to
clear obstacles 

By Petra Grünendahl

“At first I was skeptical. But when the people got to know each other from Lopavent, I realized: ‘They can do that’, “Wolfgang Rabe said. Afterwards he had been anxious to do everything that the Loveparade could take place 2010 in Duisburg. That he would have canceled the event, if it had not given clean-away security concerns, you can not quite take it off. Too much of the Assistant to Security and Law was apparently trying to clear obstacles out of the way: Not the Ordnungsamtsleiter Hans-Peter Bölling, a Loveparade critic, he entrusted with the plans. Instead, he chose Bolling’s deputy Ursula Fohrmann as the person responsible for the planning, from which he expected less headwinds. In particular, after the change of responsibilities to the Building Regulations Office in the spring of 2010, there had been resistance, The local staff saw the event rather critical. In the end, they had granted a permit one day before the event.

Duisburg’s former Chief Justice Wolfgang Rabe was invited as a witness. Ex-Lord Mayor Adolf Sauerland had Rabe used as a coordinator for the planning and approval of the Loveparade 2010, as the responsibility for the procedure had initially located with the public order. Rabe had remained the coordinating contact for all those involved after the responsibilities had changed in the spring of 2010 to the Building Regulations Office (Building Department). With the change of responsibilities for approval of the change of use of the event site, the security office on the in and out of the event grounds remained with the public order office. Also against Wolfgang Rabe had been determined after the disaster of 24 July 2010, the investigation then been discontinued. Before the 6th

Politically wanted in the Capital of Culture year

After the presiding judge Mario Plein had the former lawyer’s department initially told, he hooked as usual with questions. Finally, he gave him chronological statements and documents to put Rabes’ statements in context with other statements and events. Many things the former alderman does not want to remember. That’s handy, do not give it up to taking responsibility. Wolfgang Rabe seemed rather uninvolved in the negotiations, although the threads of planning and approval went together with him. He regrets the catastrophe with dead and injured people, said Rabe. It sounded rather … casual.

There was political pressure, confirmed Rabe. But only indirectly: “In a WDR interview, the Prime Minister [Jürgen Rüttgers] had stressed that the Love Parade must necessarily take place.” However, such statements were never brought directly to him or others responsible. But: The Love Parade in Duisburg had been a beacon project of the Capital of Culture year RUHR.2010. And even if there is no direct pressure on Rabe: With his statement that the OB was hoping for this event, the right-wing head of department had embraced this political pressure.

The owners of Aurelis, a real estate subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, was also interested in the Loveparade being held on its premises. “That gave them the opportunity to remove the wild growth,” said Rabe. Or, to put it this way: they were able to liberate the old freight yard, which had been fallow for many years, from unwanted growth and put it up for sale. With this and with the pictures of a successful event, the area could finally be better marketed.

Responsibilities for areas, entrances and detours

As an “event site” in the sense of approval Wolfgang Rabe looked up the Karl-Lehr-Straße with the ramp up to the actual event area. “With the separation facilities [on the Düsseldorfer Straße and Kommandantenstraße] the public space ended,” says Rabe. He or the Public Order Office were on the day of the event only for the safety on the in and out of the area – so up to the separation facilities – responsible. According to this, the Karl-Lehr-Straße with the underpass and the ramp as access to the freight yard area would have been the responsibility of the organizer and would have been part of the approval of the Building Authority. So of course you can shove responsibilities back and forth!

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7th August 2018

Wolfgang Rabe: From Loveparade skeptics to potential makers

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As security officer, Wolfgang Rabe coordinated the Duisburg Love Parade. In the process, he now gives insight into the planning of the city.

From Loveparade skeptics to potential makers. Thus one can describe the change, which the former Duisburger order department Wolfgang Rabe has gone through and which he sketched in his statement in the Loveparade process. In contrast to Rainer Schaller, who only wants to have been patrons of the Love Parade, and former mayor Adolf Sauerland, who wants to leave the plans to his experts, there is now a man in the witness stand, in which all threads came together as the overall coordinator of the city.

Raven regrets events in the Love Parade

At the beginning of the planning, Rabe, who is now 64 years old and works as a lecturer and lawyer, was cautious about the “whole thing”. Finally, the Love Parade was “not quite his age” and also “difficult to carry out” had been.

But over time and getting to know the planners at Lopavent, he revised his opinion. From then on it was clear to him that the event in Duisburg was feasible. Even though, with today’s knowledge, he greatly regretted the events of July 24, 2010: “If I had known that it would cause such a cataclysm, I would never have done it.”

But as a municipal servant, he would also have to make sure “things get started” if there are no security concerns. His approach to the Love Parade therefore was this: “We try to do that when we can, and as an administration, you can have concerns all day and prevent things like that.” The alderman, however, did not see any serious problems – which would have led to his refusal. His credo: “Away from the Prussian administrative trade to a constructive dialogue.”

That there were misgivings in the public order office, in the building office and in the police, Wolfgang Rabe saw that well. He himself wants to have demanded that the tunnel should “by no means come to a standstill”. Although he had been exposed to direct pressure, but he has already felt the political will to perform the Love Parade as a beacon project of the Capital of Culture year. “The Prime Minister and the OB wanted that.”

Rabe casually talks about the plans for the Love Parade

The way Wolfgang Rabe tells all this, some process observers and also a co-plaintiff find more than inappropriate. Salopp, sometimes even a little brash drudging lawyer Rabe therefore. Told by Loveparade visitors “who tend to appear in flip-flops,” the MSV arena where “Thank God MSV is back in the second league,” or the rundown event site, “Once there are three Lurches running around , you do not do anything with it anymore. “And only a few times Rabe gets the word” love parade “over his lips. Otherwise he speaks only of the “thing”, the “story” or the “event”.

In order to get backing, the Ordnungsdezernent finally obliged the physicist Michael Schreckenberg, who should check whether the Love Parade was so feasible. Schreckenberg should investigate existing plans, correct them if necessary and if necessary pull the ripcord.

By the way, Schreckenberg had come because he teaches at the University of Duisburg and because the evacuation expert had criticized safety in the stadiums in the run-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Such a negative report wanted to prevent the city of Duisburg in the run-up to the Love Parade, so you tied the scientist early. “But not to get a courtesy certificate,” Rabe emphasized once again. Schreckenberg eventually received 20,000 euros for his work. The question of whether there was a written order, Raven said in the negative: “Just a check.”

Even though the Love Parade was sometimes viewed critically in the offices involved, there was a tendency to “do it.” And so Rabes team first looked for a suitable venue in the city. The inner harbor, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße and the forecourt of the MSV-Arena were eliminated quickly.

In the worst case, OB Sauerland would have had to sign

After an overflight with the police helicopter over possible event locations finally the old goods yard came into play. And the responsibility for the event area and thus the approval of the Loveparade moved to the building department. There, the Lopavent application was examined very carefully. Which obviously worried the planners. The pressure increased, the mails between Lopavent, their Berlin lawyer and the contacts at the city of Duisburg were rougher.

So there were several times the request, but to speed up the processing of the building application. But here the influence possibilities of the Loveparade coordinator, who saw himself rather as “contact person” in the city administration and not as an approver, disappeared. In one administration, it is Usus, not in the areas of responsibility of the other department heads intoxicated, so Rabe. With Dressler, Rabe says, he could not have achieved anything with pressure.

Nevertheless, a plan B had been settled well: in the last emergency, the Lord Mayor himself would have had to sign the permit. Then he would have gone to Adolf Sauerland and told him: “Sign it.” That did not happen in the end. On July 23, the day before the Love Parade, Lopavent received the release.

Raven in the Loveparade process: “Could have blown everything off”

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Wolfgang Rabe sat in the witness stand on Tuesday. Second-party prosecutors would have preferred to see the former Ordnungsdezernenten as a defendant.

Eight years since the Love Parade, eight months of negotiation, his name was in the room. Wolfgang Rabe. At that time, the order secretary of the city of Duisburg and the man to whom other witnesses had previously pointed with his finger: He was the man who had wanted and promoted the Technofest. On Tuesday he was there, as a witness in the process in Dusseldorf. In fact, he says frankly, this was his mission: “If there are no security concerns, I have to make sure I get it going.”

That the concerns were in the regulatory office, the building department, the police, that saw Wolfgang Rabe well. He himself wants to have demanded that the tunnel should “by no means come to a standstill”. Alone, “I’ve always tried to clear things up”. Talked to his headmaster, tried to get his colleagues from the Building Department on course (“We try to do that, not to prevent it”). Ordered a transport survey for 20 000 euros, emphasizing the desire of the policy that wanted the event, warned of a “hanging game”, as the approval a day before did not exist. Sometimes, says the 64-year-old, he was “not unenergic.” Even openly, in the case of a short-term veto from the Building Department, he would have said to the Lord Mayor: “Sign it!”

Raven can not remember too well

He has said so far: would have become clear, “that is not so, we could have blown off the whole story. Then we would not have done that. “

Although he, Rabe, was no longer responsible for the fenced area, he felt that way: as a “coordinator by law”. He would rather have the phrase “contact person – but not for the approval!” Remember, however, this witness can not be too good.

Another one. The apologizes and asks for understanding, all so long ago … Gabi Müller, mother of Christian († 25), who died in the hustle and bustle of the techno party, had expected nothing else, “I always come without expectations”. For them anyway sit “too few” in the dock, “and that is also one of the cadets.” As against the then Lord Mayor Adolf Sauerland had been determined against his Ordnungsdezernenten. The case is closed.

“How he grins and smiles” wonder victims of the victims

Raven could therefore speak up freed, and in fact he gives this appearance. “How he grins and smiles,” not only surprised Manfred Reißaus, father of the dead Svenja from Castrop-Rauxel. “More than inappropriate” he finds the style in which Wolfgang Rabe chatters relaxed, “briskly”, say other observers, at least “casual”. About the visitors of the Love Parade, the witness says that they “tend to appear in flip-flops,” about the Duisburg football stadium, that there “thank god MSV plays again in the second division”, about the neglected venue: “Once there running around three lurches, you do not do anything with it. “

He looks as if he’s not laying too much weight on his suit shoulders. It’s five past twelve and the trial day is two and a half hours old when the witness puts a clause in brackets: “A terrible event, I regret that to the utmost.” This time he says “event”, sometimes he says “misfortune”, often ” the history”.

Also because of the “history”, the city council has voted out the deputy four years ago, but still speaks in the present. “My public order office, my pedestrian zone, my fire chief …” and “my staff”. To whom he leaves much of the responsibility, today and even then.

Co-plaintiff Manfred Reißaus leaves the room shaking his head. “I’ve been here 25 times now. But that does not help. “

Ex-Ordnungsdezernent: Loveparade was politically wanted

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Dusseldorf (dpa / lnw) – The implementation of the Loveparade 2010 was politically wanted, according to the former Ordnungsdezernenten the city of Duisburg. So he was in his talks with a senior official of the then state government in Dusseldorf “openly received,” said the former election officials of the city on Tuesday as a witness in the Loveparade process in Dusseldorf.

In it, the Love Parade disaster in 2010 with 21 fatalities and at least 652 wounded worked. The 64-year-old was the coordinator for the Techno Parade in the city of Duisburg. He regrets the Loveparade disaster “to the highest degree,” he said.

The 64-year-old lawyer testified that he was initially skeptical about the techno event. Then he met representatives of the organizer Lopavent and got the impression that “they can do that”. He had insisted within the administration that the Love Parade would not be prevented.

Six employees of the city and four employees of the Loveparade organizer sit at the dock. The prosecution accuses them, among other things, negligent homicide due to errors in the approval and planning of the major event.

For the approval of the former Ordnungsdezernent was not responsible, but representatives of the building code. All the accused city employees come from the building office.

Love Parade Process: Statement by ex-order chief raven

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The implementation of the Love Parade was politically intended. This has the former Duisburg Ordnungsdezernent Wolfgang Rabe testified today in court. Rabe was the coordinator of the Techno Parade in the city administration. At first he was skeptical – but then he got to know representatives of the organizer and got the impression “that they can do that,” says Rabe in his testimony. Therefore, he had also insisted that the Love Parade is not prevented.

Ex-Ordnungsdezernent: Loveparade was politically wanted

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Dusseldorf (dpa / lnw) – The implementation of the Loveparade 2010 was politically wanted, according to the former Ordnungsdezernenten the city of Duisburg. So he was in his talks with a senior official of the then state government in Dusseldorf “openly received,” said the former election officials of the city on Tuesday as a witness in the Loveparade process in Dusseldorf.

In it, the Love Parade disaster in 2010 with 21 fatalities and at least 652 wounded worked. The 64-year-old was the coordinator for the Techno Parade in the city of Duisburg. He regrets the Loveparade disaster “to the highest degree,” he said.

The 64-year-old lawyer testified that he was initially skeptical about the techno event. Then he met representatives of the organizer Lopavent and got the impression that “they can do that”. He had insisted within the administration that the Love Parade would not be prevented.

Six employees of the city and four employees of the Loveparade organizer sit at the dock. The prosecution accuses them, among other things, negligent homicide due to errors in the approval and planning of the major event.

For the approval of the former Ordnungsdezernent was not responsible, but representatives of the building code. All the accused city employees come from the building office.

1st August 2018

Stauforscher Schreckenberg under pressure in the Loveparade trial

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By Benjamin Sartory

  • Schreckenberg advised at Loveparade
  • 20,000 euros fee despite limited order
  • Dimension of the contract in dispute

The traffic jam researcher Michael Schreckenberg has come under pressure as a witness in the Loveparade trial for two days (01./02.08.2018). He advised the city of Duisburg on the planning of the 2010 Technoparty. The physicist is considered an expert in the calculation of human flows even at major events. What was his job

What was his job?

Michael Schreckenberg has received 20,000 euros from the city, but according to his own statement, his order was only very limited. “On request” he had to comment on individual aspects. For example, he warned about the access tunnels. But in the individual working groups for planning, he then no longer sat. For the overall assessment of the security concept he had not had the order anyway.

Judge was indignant

“That was not my job,” repeated Schreckenberg so often that the presiding judge was a little indignant. Correspondingly, he reminded the researcher that he also took his breakfast in the morning, without having previously received an order.

Obviously, there were different views on the dimension of his consulting job. The defender of a defendant showed the professor an e-mail in which the police asked him for an overall assessment before the Love Parade, for example. He could not afford such a thing, he now contradicted in court.

Methodology developed by him used

It is clear, after all, that Schreckenberg should check the so-called escape analysis for the Loveparade site before the Technoparty. But according to his statement only on their methodology, not content. And this methodology is plausible, because it is recognized worldwide. By the way, Schreckenberg himself developed it. The analysis to be examined was written by a former student of his, who had meanwhile founded his own company.

Dubios appears the note of a conversation between the city and the organizer from before the Love Parade. A Duisburg departmental head should therefore have recommended to integrate the press affine Schreckenberg in the planning. Otherwise, there is the danger that the man would open his own face in public.

20,000 euros received only after disaster

In his testimony Schreckenberg seemed a little struck in the meantime. Afterwards he feels as if only his good name should be used at that time, he said. He regrets today that he did not warn more about dangers. The crossed check on his fee of 20,000 euros was only after the Duisburg Love Parade disaster with 21 dead in his mailbox.

Stauforscher says in the Loveparade process in Dusseldorf

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  • Traffic jam researcher Michael Schreckenberg says in the Loveparade trial
  • He only worked as a consultant for the city
  • Organizer declined cooperation

Stau researcher Michael Schreckenberg said on Wednesday (01.08.2018) for the first time as a witness in the Loveparade process. He had advised the persons responsible in Duisburg for the planning of the techno party more than eight years ago and received 20,000 euros for this.

Safety concept not rated

He had been asked only on request for comments, said Schreckenberg. Accordingly, his assessments were mainly about the inlets and outlets between the main train station and the entrance to the Loveparadegrounds. He did not rate the entire security concept of the event, said Schreckenberg.

Organizer wanted to plan alone

In addition, Schreckenberg claims to have only advised the city. He did not work with the organizer. Lopavent wanted to take over the planning alone and also demanded that all information be confidential. Information about the expected number of visitors to the Techno parade, for example, did not exist.

Richter recommends legal assistance

The survey also included important e-mails . However, Schreckenberg could not remember a few, which caused some annoyance in the defense. The chairman Judge Plein then made the witness the suggestion to take for the further questioning a lawyer as a witness.

Expert: Loveparade organizer wanted to plan alone

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Dusseldorf – In the run-up to the fatal Duisburg Love Parade with 21 fatalities, congestion and mass researcher Michael Schreckenberg has indeed advised the city of Duisburg. But not the organizer.

The festival organizer Lopavent did not want to work with him, said the professor of the University of Duisburg-Essen on Wednesday in the Loveparade process in Dusseldorf. “I only had contact with the city,” Schreckenberg said.

Lopavent wanted to take over the planning alone and also demanded that all information be confidential. There was no information about the expected number of visitors to the Technoparade.

In the Love Parade disaster in July 2010, 21 young people died in a crush, at least 652 were injured. Accused are six employees of the city of Duisburg and four Lopavent employees.

The prosecution accuses them, among other things, negligent homicide due to errors in the approval and planning of the major event. The procedure of the regional court Duisburg takes place place reasons in Duesseldorf. dpa

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24th July 2018

Love Parade catastrophe: Eight years later

By Martin Teigeler

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We are noting there have been several witnesses between the 26th June and 5th July 2018. At percent we are finding in difficult to find news articles in relation to these court dates……we will keep trying.

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26th June 2018

Love Parade Process: Ex-Amtsleiter reports “anger”

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  • Ex- Ordnungsleiter has testified in the Loveparade process
  • Officials want to have been against techno parade early
  • Warnings in conversations and documents

The Duisburg ex- Ordnungsamtleiter has reported on early warnings before the Love Parade 2010. He was from the outset against the techno parade in the city, said the today 68-year-old pensioner on Tuesday (26.06.2018) as a witness in the criminal case before the Duisburg district court. For reasons of space, the main hearing will take place at Messe Düsseldorf.

” Vomit, urine and garbage “

The witness reported “anger” and “anger” because he could not prevail with his concerns against the Love Parade. “I had the pictures of the Love Parade in Tiergarten in Berlin in mind,” said the official, who had led the public office from 2000 to 2014. “Vomit, urine and garbage” he did not want to have in Duisburg.

Criticism of pressure of the media

His position had been because of the expected mass of visitors: “The event can not take place on public streets and squares in Duisburg.” After the cancellation of the 2009 parade in Bochum, however, the pressure had increased – for example, through the media – to carry out the event in the Ruhr Capital of Culture 2010.

The witness said in court that he has repeatedly raised concerns in letters, conversations and endorsements within the administration. The competent department had problems but “not transported up” . For the then selected area on the former freight yard was not the regulatory office, but the building authority was responsible – because it was a fenced area.

Testimony finished

The ex-Amtsleiter was in the meantime even accused, but was not charged. He stood until Wednesday afternoon (27.06.2018) in the witness box answer and answer.

At the Loveparade in July 2010, 21 people were killed in a mass panic. Hundreds were injured. Since the end of 2017, a total of ten employees of the city and the organizer company are on trial for, among other things, negligent homicide.

 

An early critic doubted safe execution of the event in Duisburg
By Petra Grünendahl

“We have looked at some routes in public space, pros and cons put together – and have come to the conclusion: On public roads and paths this love parade in Duisburg should not take place,” said Hans-Peter Bölling, then head of the Public Order , At the end of 2006, at the beginning of 2007, he had been confronted for the first time with the idea of ​​a Love Parade in Duisburg. And he had first advised against naming a concrete venue in the framework agreement that Lopavent 2007 concluded with five municipalities in the Ruhr area. “The should be set by the city of Duisburg later,” said Bölling. After the real estate fair MIPIM in Cannes in the spring of 2009, the site of the old freight yard was discussed as an event venue. Again, he has seen massive security problems. He had gone out with his deputy and looked at the site and came to the conclusion: not here!

In the Loveparade criminal trial, the then head of the public order office, Hans-Peter Bölling, was invited as a witness. Four employees of Lopavent and ten employees of the City of Duisburg are accused of harming the deaths of 21 people by their behavior due to negligence, as well as by way of example an additional 18 people who act as co-plaintiffs. Bölling, who retired in October 2014, had been an early critic of the planned event in Duisburg and had positioned himself accordingly: not only as long as the Public Order Department was responsible for the event planning, but also afterwards. With the agreement on a closed private area at the old freight yard, responsibility for the approval procedure had passed to the Building Authority (March 2010). The municipal employees at the dock all come from the ranks of the Building Authority or the head of the department.

First, after the Loveparade disaster was also determined against Bölling, the investigation was discontinued very soon. The former clerk could give some insights into early planning that he had still attended, as well as later, as far as he was informed.

There were warnings!

As with earlier witness hearings, presiding judge Mario Plein first had Hans-Peter Bölling tell him before he asked in chronological order, referring to investigation files and evidence. Bölling ordered (own) letters and notes for discussions or facts, but also statements and letters from other persons involved in the context of the approval process. From the end of 2006 he was part of it, later – after the responsibility had been transferred to the Building Authority – results were still given to him. He was more likely to scan them for points that affected his area of ​​responsibility: the safety of people in public places. And he saw it long endangered, as the event area only the areas north of the freight yard halls were in conversation: The site would have been much too small even for the expected real visitors and would have to be closed in case of overcrowding. With the result that thousands of visitors would have to stay in front of the public access.

After the responsibility for the approval procedure had been changed to the Building Department (Building Department), employees of the Office visited a seminar on the subject of major events. Also Bolling’s deputy and another employee from the public order office (Ordnungsdezernat) had been there. These had reported to him afterwards, so Bölling that the speaker of the seminar had warned expressly before the Love Parade. There have also been warnings from other sources. In a first phase of the event, the Love Parade with 20 floats was to be held from 2 pm on a 1.3-kilometer circular route around the freight yard halls, before the closing rally from 5 pm north of the halls was to take place. Bölling expected problems especially for the “change of shift” between the actual parade and the closing rally, when visitors leaving the area had to meet more newcomers. For this purpose, the ramp was the only entrance and exit south of the freight yard halls available, where it comes between 16 and 17 clock to the disaster.

We wanted to firmly reject the event!

After the cancellation of Bochum Duisburg have been under pressure, especially in the Capital of Culture Ruhr2010: Even the media had announced that the Ruhr area could not afford a second disgrace (like Bochum). That had also fallen on fertile ground in Duisburg. Ordnungsdezernent Wolfgang Rabe, who was responsible for the approval process of the Love Parade in Duisburg, had told him that “you can not afford a rejection,” said Bölling literally.

Lopavent had expected a generous interpretation of the regulations from the city of Duisburg, a police officer involved in the planning proceedings had given his record during his interrogation. They even threatened to break off the talks, the official said. “Politicians were more willing to risk than the administration,” quoted judge Plein further from the hearing of police officer K. Plein tried to draw with Bölling a demarcation of policy to the administration, which is not entirely unproblematic: The Lord Mayor is not just a elected politician but also head of administration. And the associates are temporary political officials elected by the Council. Plein asked Bölling if she could have referred to the police officer’s comment on the departmental head, who was responsible for the planning: “I do not think that Rabe would take a great risk for the event and assume responsibility for it,” said Bölling.

Already the witness Adolf Sauerland had confronted the judge with the statement of Hans-Peter Böllings, he had given him in a letter three “ripcords” in the hand, which should allow the mayor to cancel the Love Parade with well founded grounds and without loss of face for the city to be able to. And since Bölling had to follow the official path, he could not direct the letter to the Lord Mayor, but had to go over his superior (Wolfgang Rabe). Bölling can understand that the letter did not arrive at Sauerland: “(Chief of Staff) Rabe was not the type who would have sustained problems to higher authorities.” Thus, Rabe had probably apologized later, according to Bölling, that he did not do the risk analysis in the administrative board (mayor and deputy)

The witness did not remember details of this January 2010 letter. Finance would certainly have been one of the points: The highly indebted city should have spent no money for the Love Parade. A sum of more than 800,000 euros stood in the room, which would have had to be financed differently (not through the municipal budget). The second point might well have been the Powerpoint presentation, a risk analysis of possible event areas, which Bölling had addressed earlier in his remarks. There, the results of a joint conference of the Public Order, Police, Federal Police, Fire and Rescue Services were presented – with the security issues of possible venues. The then police chief Rolf Cebin had referred to these results, as he made public at the time that there was no safe place in Duisburg for the event of the Love Parade. This statement had led to Cebin being retired by NRW Interior Minister Ingo Wolf. Even so, you get rid of unwelcome critics. Concerns were there – even publicly expressed. The fact that these were not unfounded is shown by the events that resulted in 21 dead and hundreds injured and traumatized.

Loveparade trial: Ex-Amtsleiter reports “anger”

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Ex-Ordnungsamtleiter testified in the Loveparade process

Officials want to have been against techno parade early

Warnings in conversations and documents

The Duisburg ex-Ordnungsamtleiter has reported on early warnings before the Love Parade 2010. He was from the outset against the techno parade in the city, said the today 68-year-old pensioner on Tuesday (26.06.2018) as a witness in the criminal case before the Duisburg district court. For reasons of space, the main hearing will take place at Messe Düsseldorf.

“Vomit, urine and garbage”

The witness reported “anger” and “anger” because he could not prevail with his concerns against the Love Parade. “I had the pictures of the Love Parade in Tiergarten in Berlin in mind,” said the official, who had led the public office from 2000 to 2014. “Vomit, urine and garbage” he did not want to have in Duisburg.

Criticism of pressure of the media

His position had been because of the expected mass of visitors: “The event can not take place on public streets and squares in Duisburg.” After the cancellation of the 2009 parade in Bochum, however, the pressure had increased – for example, through the media – to carry out the event in the Ruhr Capital of Culture 2010.

The witness said in court that he has repeatedly raised concerns in letters, conversations and endorsements within the administration. The competent department had problems but “not transported up”. For the then selected area on the former freight yard was not the regulatory office, but the building authority was responsible – because it was a fenced area.

Testimony finished

The ex-Amtsleiter was in the meantime even accused, but was not charged. He stood until Wednesday afternoon (27.06.2018) in the witness box answer and answer.

At the Loveparade in July 2010, 21 people were killed in a mass panic. Hundreds were injured. Since the end of 2017, a total of ten employees of the city and the organizer company are on trial for, among other things, negligent homicide.

Neuer Zeuge im Loveparade-Prozess

In the Loveparade trial, the former head of the Duisburg regulatory office now appears in the witness stand. His statement is eagerly awaited, because he had expressed doubts on the security concept before the event, says WDR reporter Benjamin Sartory.

25th June 2018

Saalmiete für Loveparade-Prozess deutlich teurer

The Loveparade process is significantly more expensive than expected. The rented hall in Dusseldorf costs more than twice as much as planned, says the Duisburg district court. Instead of 14,000, it is 29,000 euros per day. Above all, the technology and security personnel are responsible for the additional costs. On Tuesday (26.6.) The 43rd day of the trial will take place. Then says the then head of the Duisburg regulatory office.

13th June 2018

Day 41: … is tough

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Today I did not sit in the middle of the hall, but behind the defenders on a press space. Change of perspective.
It does not help me much – it goes on, as it stopped yesterday: tough. With the reading of mails and meeting minutes and templates. And with the question: “Who cares about what?” So then, when planning the Love Parade. I have to fight that I stay with the matter. It’s about details, details, details. Which the judge asks in my opinion, because he wants to clarify whether the objections to the plans have been dispelled objectively or by decision from above.

“Too many names, too many foresight”

Who wrote and wrote something, “can you add something, remember that?” Judge Plein asks the witness. It solicits keywords, more than just data, to remember exactly when. The judge also occasionally lurches around, accidentally calling the traffic surge physicist Schreckenberg Schneckenberg. “Too many names, too many guesses”, sighs Mario Plein. I totally agree with him.

Official agreement

Whether she could start with the legal term of the “official agreement”, asks the judge. “In the meantime already”, is the answer of the witness. “And then?” “At that time I did not know the term.” I do not know him either and so I google it during my lunch break – in the courtroom I’m not allowed to go online – order of the court. It deals with security concepts at events that “the operator has to set up in agreement with the authorities responsible for order”. Allegedly, such an agreement should have been made at a certain planning meeting – but the 63-year-old can not remember that.

lawyers Humor

When she explains something, the witness often gets up very fast and Mario Plein asks her to speak more slowly – many people would have to sign up. From the defender’s side, the suggestion that the trial can be recorded, that is, taken up, is very smooth. “Good idea actually …. “Grins the judge and reaps laughter. At the beginning of the trial, in January, the defense had requested audio logs, but the court had rejected that – the written record and you could also write your own, it said at that time.

 

6th June 2018

Loveparade process: witness calls important details

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Lawyer from Lopavent says again

New details from conversation logs

Apparently put pressure on the city of Duisburg

In the Loveparade trial, the former lawyer of the promoter Lopavent testified and gave new details. On Wednesday (06.06.2018) he admitted, among other things, that he had put pressure on the city of Duisburg in the name of the organizer. “Controversial legal discussions always involve pressure,” he said at the request of Chairman Judge.

Numbers deliberately nicely calculated?

An e-mail to Lopavent employees documents that the lawyer was also ready for “creative solutions” in matters of escape. In the process, this topic was also a conversation between the city and the event organizer centered around an office “that makes an organizer-friendly report”.
The witness is not among the defendants. Shortly after the disaster, he had finished his work for the company Lopavent. At the Loveparade in Duisburg, 21 people were killed in the summer of 2010 in a crush. Hundreds were injured.

 

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