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.
5th April 2018
At the Loveparade in Duisburg 21 people were killed. How it came to the failure of the administration, investigates a research group to political scientist Wolfgang Seibel.
Professor Seibel, with some students you scientifically examined the Loveparade 2010 in Duisburg and wrote a book. 21 people were killed at that time. Would the disaster have been avoidable?
It was definitely avoidable. The event had a long lead, it had to be planned and approved first. The Building Regulations Office in Duisburg said in no uncertain terms that the statutory safety regulations could not be complied with on the planned site. But the decision-makers at the top of the city administration ignored it.
Why was the Love Parade then approved?
Pressure was exerted on the members of the Building Authority, in particular by the decision-makers at the head of the city administration, so that they granted the permission, as it were, grudgingly. Although the private organizer had admitted that the escape routes had only one third of the statutory minimum width.
Then that was a catastrophe with announcement?
In any case. But you have to differentiate. The approval of the Love Parade by the city of Duisburg was not only objectively unlawful, it was above all an expression of an incredible irresponsibility in dealing with risks to the lives and lives of thousands of event visitors. Of course, the failure of the authorities did not trigger the disaster automatically. Rather, this happened because the employees of the licensing authority were not allowed to monitor their own safety requirements on the day of the event, at the express instruction of their supervisors, because they clearly knew exactly that these requirements could not be met. As misjudgements of security and police came along, the situation got out of hand.
Did the mayor and his deputies take responsibility for this?
No, they have never done that. The OB was later voted out, two deputies were not re-elected. But that only reflects the surface. The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia and the former coalition of the SPD and Greens has never had the official failure in connection with the Love Parade disaster worked up. Apparently nobody wanted to know anything, so they did not want to learn anything. That, too, is a totally unacceptable escape from responsibility and also a particular audacity towards the survivors of the 21 deaths.
Were your students and you the first to deepen your understanding of Duisburg?
At the very least, our book is the first attempt to analyze the authorities’ failure, which has led to the deaths of 21 predominantly young people, resulting in 652 injuries. After all, our investigation is not criminal in nature, so that finally addresses the district court of Duisburg. We aim at organizational failure and prevention.
What does that mean for the future? Can you learn something from it?
The administration must under no circumstances subordinate the physical security of people to other aspects, in particular non-political considerations, as was the case in Duisburg, but also not economic or financial motives. Normally the administration does not do that either. However, it has to arm itself against political or fiscal demands that demand seemingly pragmatic solutions in which the lives and lives of others can be endangered.
What is the situation in Baden-Württemberg? Have you already dealt with administrative failures in this federal state?
No, not so far. There is the case of abuse in Staufen. The process is serious because the youth welfare office knew. Nevertheless, the boy could be offered by his own mother in the Internet market. A custody of the youth welfare office was available, but the court has lifted them. This too must be worked through completely, just for the purpose of sustainable prevention.
Is that a coincidence: Again and again, youth welfare offices get into the field of fire – whether justified or not. Are you following this?
The youth welfare offices work conscientiously. After all, they are dealing with children, especially vulnerable people. But there is a shortage of staff, especially with sufficiently experienced staff. Because the protection of the child’s well-being is often about difficult balancing problems. The inhibition to take a child out of the family to protect it seems to be particularly high. And then it comes to tragic misjudgments. Unfortunately, Staufen is not an isolated case. In Bremen and Hamburg there were deaths of infants, because the youth welfare offices had just failed in this area. By the way, we also examined one of these tragic cases in our book.
Wolfgang Seibe l, 64, teaches administrative science at the University of Konstanz. Among other things, he conducted research on the Holocaust or administrative construction in the (then) new federal states.
29th March 2018
Aachen. In the Munich NSU trial, a lawyer is said to have represented a nonexistent victim. Now he is charged in Aachen for fraud in a particularly serious case. He is said to have cheated in the Loveparade trial.
This explained the district court Aachen on Wednesday. The lawyer had therefore for years represented before the Munich Higher Regional Court an alleged victim of the nail bomb attack in the Cologne Keupstraße as a co-plaintiff. For this he should have collected 211,000 euros in meeting and travel expenses. Previously, “Focus Online” reported.
In addition, the lawyer is being charged with an oath in connection with the deadly Loveparade disaster trial for forgery of documents and incitement to false insurance.
With false information on the health of his client, he had wanted to gain access as a suffrage representative. He is said to have persuaded another victim to issue him with a blank proxy, which he then allegedly shot over to a colleague.
(Csr / dpa)
Ralph W. was represented in the NSU trial before the Higher Regional Court for two and a half years Meral Keskin, who had been injured in A plot in front of a hairdressing salon at cologne’s 2004 keup street should. In October 2015 it became known: The woman does not exist at all.
What is charged with fraud in a serious case? That explained on Thursday (29.03.2018) the regional court Aachen. By the end of October, the lawyer has been asked to repay the money. Whether he has done this in the meantime is unclear.
Commission for mediation of the client
W’s attorney Peter Nickel had actually existed. Another, now defunct plaintiff in the NSU trial Keskin had invented and given him as a client to collect commission. W. had always communicated with Keskin only about this man. Actually, he is therefore the victim. “He went there for two years and had the expenses that he claimed,” said his lawyer.
So, access to Loveparade process stalked?
Chairs are in the courtroom in Dusseldorf to continue the Loveparade process.Loveparade trial in the courtroom Dusseldorf
However, W is also accused in another case for falsification of documents and incitement to false insurance on oath instead: he has said to have tried to have faked with false information on the health status of a client access as a suffrage representative in the process of the deadly Love Parade disaster. He is said to have persuaded another Loveparade victim to issue him a blank clearance certificate, which he sent to a colleague.
As of: 29.03.2018, 09:06
28th March 2018
www1.wdr.de By Martin Teigeler
It is a criminal trial that has been publicly criticized from the beginning. Much too late comes in Duesseldorf main trial for the Duisburg Love Parade disaster of 2010, it said. Also, whether not possibly the wrong ones were accused, is hotly controversial.
But at least: So far, a very intense dispute in court for the course and causes of the disaster is scarcely eight years ago with 21 dead from. Whether one of the ten defendants can be proved legal guilt seems more open than ever. While the prosecution points to planning errors in the city and the organizers, the defenders in the process have so far no opportunity to denounce mistakes of the police.
Accused are four employees of the promoter Lopavent and six employees of the city of Duisburg for negligent homicide and negligent assault.
Ex-Interior Minister on preliminary witness list
On the most recent trial days, the presiding judge Mario Plein discussed with prosecutors and defense attorneys about the further witness interrogation (so far in the process mainly co-plaintiffs had been questioned). From April, “celebrities” will also be invited to the witness stand.
In addition to Duisburg’s ex-OB Adolf Sauerland (CDU) and Loveparade organizer Rainer Schaller – they were often attributed a moral responsibility by survivors and relatives of the victims – also appears the former NRW Interior Minister Ralf Jäger (SPD) on a list of the most important witnesses , The preliminary list, which includes a panic researcher and administrative and police representatives, is available to the WDR. It is unclear whether one should first consult the most important 30 or even 45 witnesses.
Well busy by the end of 2018
“The list is not complete yet,” said a court spokesman. The parties have comments and suggestions “which the court wishes to consider and possibly take into account”. Judge Plein said in the process that he wanted to summon Sauerland for the 27th of April and 2nd of May. It is expected that the questioning of the witnesses will take until at least the end of 2018.
So far, the process is progressing very quickly: The reading of documents and first witness statements took less time than expected. The process is under time pressure: The statute of limitations of the criminal acts threatens. By 27 July 2020, ten years after the death of the 21st victim, a judgment must be given in the first instance – otherwise all the accused will go unpunished.
As of: 28.03.2018, 15:24
Disaster in Duisburg
rp-online.de Von Tim Harpers
Duisburg. In Loveparade criminal case Duisburg’s former Lord Mayor Adolf Sauerland is heard as a witness. The district court announced this on Tuesday morning. By Tim Harpers
The court has set 27 April and 2 May as deadlines. Adolf Sauerland is not one of the defendants, because he was not directly involved in the planning of the Loveparade 2010. He had had to vacate his chair after a referendum, because he was accused of not having had to assume the legal but moral responsibility for the disaster.
The accident on 24 July 2010 caused 21 people to die. Most of them young: between 18 and 25 years old. They came from Germany, China, Australia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. In addition, more than 650 techno fans and helpers were injured in the crush, some of them seriously. Many others suffered psychological damage from the disaster.
28th March 2018
DUISBURG. The former mayor of Duisburg, Adolf Sauerland, is questioned in the Loveparade trial. The dates are fixed.
Adolf Sauerland is questioned at the Loveparade trial. The Duisburg Regional Court announced on Tuesday morning that the interrogation of the former Lord Mayor of the city of Duisburg, which was in office in 2010, is scheduled for 27 April and 2 May in the Loveparade criminal case.
On 24 July 2010, 21 young people died in a crush at the Technoparade in Duisburg. At least 652 were injured. Due to negligent homicide and negligence, six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent are charged. Because of the many process participants, the trial of the district court of Duisburg takes place in a Düsseldorf Congress Hall. (Red)
27th March 2018
https://blog.wdr.de By Martin Teigeler on March 26, 2018
A Monday morning in the Easter holidays. On this trial day, the visitor and press areas in the courtroom are still a bit emptier than usual. The session begins with the questioning of Essen-based forensic lawyer Kurt Trübner. He had after the disaster on 24 July 2010, two female victims of obstructed. Like his colleagues on the last few days of the trial, Trübner describes in all details external and internal injuries.
No more air
Trübner calls in both deaths “chest compression” as the cause. In the crowd, the two young women did not get more air. In the first case, the woman was declared dead by an ambulance at the place of the accident. The second victim examined by Trübner had died four days later in the hospital. The doctors could not save the woman.
Hours of reading
The presiding judge Mario Plein then continues swiftly. Important documents have yet to be introduced into the negotiation – that is, to be read: among other things, the security concept of the organizers and operational plans of the police, which were then sent to the fire department in advance. Also more surveillance videos are presented in court. They show the deadly crush on the ramp to the techno event.
After each piece of evidence, prosecutors and defense have the opportunity to comment. Not for the first time opinions differ widely: The prosecution sees through the documents their allegation confirmed, those responsible at the city of Duisburg and the organizer Lopavent had planned wrongly. Defenders value documents and videos quite differently: the police, who are not in the dock, have made mistakes.
“Celebrity Witness” Adolf Sauerland
At the very end of the session, Presiding Judge Plein will address the future witness hearings. Not even all co-plaintiffs have been questioned yet. In addition, 30 very important witnesses have been identified as of today. As you progress quickly, the further surveys are planned.
Plein proposes to the other participants in the process that they summon as prominent witnesses – presumably for April 27 and May 2 – the mayor of Duisburg, Adolf Sauerland (CDU). After Loveparade organizer Rainer Schaller is in the witness stand. With witness hearings, the court is likely to be employed until the end of 2018.
26th March 2018
Day 19: Post mortem results and a surveillance video
By Dominik Peters on March 13, 2018
Whether the deceased had to suffer asks a lawyer on behalf of relatives. Forensic scientist Matthias Schubries answers honestly: “I think that is terrible even with an alcohol effect.” The asphyxiation process usually takes three to five minutes. One could assume, however, “that the deceased has become unconscious relatively quickly.”
If possible, do not want to show pictures, says the presiding judge Mario Plein. But he asks the two forensic doctors for precise descriptions. They are sitting here because in July 2010 they have autopsied the bodies of two Loveparade victims. Both wrote the “diagnosis of suffocation in massive chest compression” in their reports.
Legal physicians present autopsy results
Schubries and his colleague dr. Andreas Freislederer describes precisely both externally visible and internal injuries – some intimate physical details. Both present their results soberly, for them such studies are part of everyday working life.
For the audience, on the other hand, the descriptions create difficult-to-process images in the mind. It is understandable that today no co-plaintiffs have come into the courtroom. After an hour, the forensic doctors are done, apparently much faster than planned. Short break. The court wants to advise how the day of the hearing goes on.
Documents will still play a role
The second part of the trial day is much less emotional. Plein and his colleague read different documents in turn, starting with an event description by the company Lopavent from 16.07.2010. The information on expected flows of visitors, access controls and escape routes that appear here will certainly play a role in the process. Also read is a framework agreement between the city and the organizer, as well as minutes of the city council.
Surveillance video shows happy people
At the end of the day, the court shows part of a silent video on the two big screens. Silence in the courtroom. For a half hour, camera 13 reveals a view of the ramp – uncut.
The section shows the scenery from 13:27 clock: Even if building fences narrow the ramp, the visitors stroll comfortably on the grounds. Some men urinate on walls, a bottle collector stands next to his garbage bag. At 13:39, two party visitors jump through the picture. They look happy as they stretch their arms in the air. From mass panic is yet to feel anything at this time. But these pictures will soon have to show the court.
13th March 2018
Duisburg / Dusseldorf. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to help the co-plaintiffs in the trial for the Love Parade disaster with a travel allowance to participate in the trial.
For travel and accommodation costs provide the country a total of 100,000 euros available, said Social Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) on Wednesday.
The subsidy can be applied for for up to ten days, the reimbursement is flat rate, graduated according to the distance. At ten negotiation days and arrival from abroad, a maximum of 1,800 euros per person can be applied for. Vouchers do not have to be submitted.
More than 60 co-plaintiffs participate in the criminal proceedings before the Duisburg Regional Court. For reasons of space, the court moved the main hearing to a congress hall in Düsseldorf. More than 110 days of negotiations have already been scheduled for last December’s trial. Due to negligent homicide and negligence, six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent are charged.
The state government has provided another 300,000 euros for the pastoral and psychological care of the victims and relatives affected.
(Lnw / heif)
In the misfortune on July 24, 2010 in Duisburg in the throng of the only entrance and exit of the Technoparade 21 people were crushed.
At least 652 were injured, many of them seriously. “Anyone who has lived through such a tragedy must be easily supported and relieved of bureaucracy,” said Laumann.
7th March 2018
blog.wdr.de By Jan Spelleken on March 6, 2018
Today, the Loveparade trial continued with the witness questioning. Two young men report as co-plaintiffs about what they experienced on the day of the disaster. The special thing about the situation in the courtroom: The two 34-year-olds are twins. Next to them sits her lawyer. It is her father.
“I hope we get out of here alive”
The brothers are interviewed separately. He had been traveling with his twin brother to the Love Parade, one of them starts his testimony. On the way to the site he had seen only a few files and police. Again and again his voice fails and he takes longer breaks. It visibly takes him to reflect what he has experienced. Especially his descriptions from the crowd go near. “Someone broke down next to me.” People tried to climb monkeys by the lampposts. At some point he said to his twin brother: “I hope we get out of here alive.” Then they lose themselves in chaos.
The versions, however, sometimes appear blurry and contradictory. This is especially evident when the judge or defense asks. Sometimes the witness does not remember correctly any previous statements or suddenly presents them differently. After nearly three hours, he is released from the witness stand. Everyone takes a deep breath.
“The mood was even more heated by the police car”
Now the other twin comes to the witness stand. He seems a little more composed and assorted. However, the closer he gets to his descriptions of mass panic, the more difficult it becomes for him. He reports on the police bulli, who pushed himself through the crowd to the ramp on the day of the catastrophe with “roaring siren”. “He took away our habitat.” There had been meters that they could have used in the crush themselves. In addition, the mood has become even more heated by the police car. He meets his brother later in the train again. What really happened on that day, they learn from the news later.
Defense criticizes police
In their final statement, the defense likes to pick up the statements about the police. They once again showed that the police did not provide enough support. On the contrary – “there was no real police presence at the barriers,” a defense attorney explains. The tactic behind it is clear: you may be able to relieve your own clients. The criticism of the police meanwhile runs like a red thread through the process. Only nobody sits on the dock.
welt.de By Frank Christiansen
In the Loveparade trial, a young Dutchman testified. He lost a friend in the disaster. His descriptions shake. Policemen had looked down on the crowd without action.
When he thought that he, too, was dying now, when he had lost his strength, could no longer resist the weight of the bodies above him, his limbs pushing his breath away, biting everything and pushing no longer, he heard them Melody: “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics – in a techno version. Then he suddenly saw shoes, was splashed with water and someone tried to pull him out of the pile of bodies.
It is absolutely quiet in the large hall of the Düsseldorf Congress Center. The 29-year-old Dutchman from Zwolle reported on Tuesday in the Loveparade trial as the first foreign witness so oppressive of his one and a half hours of struggle for survival that even his interpreter has to interrupt, sobbing and fighting with tears.
It had all started so well when he drove to Duisburg with his friend Jan-Willem on that Saturday. They were looking forward to the spectacle, the weather was splendid, the people danced on roofs.
“They just watched and waved”
But then it had become fuller and fuller on the way to the Loveparade site. Even before the lock, which was upstream of the tunnel to the site, an enormous crowd of people jammed. When an ambulance had to be let through, he and his friend had finally entered the tunnel. But soon after he had turned onto the notorious ramp, nothing was possible.
The crowd has pushed him in waves to the right and left. He had lost the ground under his feet, was slowly pushed backwards and to the ground. That took several minutes. He could not have prevented it.
Policemen looked down on them from the side walls of the ramp. “People screamed desperately and they just watched and waved.”
“There is no help left”
Then he suddenly saw his friend Jan-Willem again. He was lying on the floor right next to him. His previously crimson face had turned blue, the eyes were bulging. “I felt the pulse on his neck several times, but there was none.”
Even the young man to his right, a German named Ingo, said at some point, “I’m going to die.” “Will not you,” he told him. But shortly thereafter, he also thought he was dead. He cried out in pain, biting his limbs, which threatened to suffocate him, all in vain. “There is no help,” he thought at some point. “The whole time I saw the dead Jan-Willem lying there thinking of his family.”
Two firefighters would have finally salvaged him. He had stood in front of the corpses, hyperventilating and finally starting to cry. When he wanted to see if his friend could possibly still be revived, the police had held him back: “Now suddenly they could do something.”
Officials laughed at his German
The German next to him, Ingo, survived with a broken leg. He still had a T-shirt wrapped around, which was probably pointless. At a police station, the officials had then joked around and made fun of his bad German. “I thought that was pretty inappropriate,” said the Dutchman.
According to his testimony to the police, he telephoned the mother Jan-Willems a second time and told her what he had not done the first time: “The worst phone call of my life”. She shouted that he had heard her phone drop out of her hand.
Since then, he has consulted 15 doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists. He suffers from depression: “To this day I have to deal with it every day. The flashbacks never left. But now I can not see his face when he comes back in my dreams. “He was unemployed, sick.
At the Loveparade disaster on 24 July 2010 in Duisburg 21 people were crushed and at least 652 injured. Among the dead were a Dutchman and an Australian. The trial of Duisburg Regional Court against six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent had begun in December. The prosecution accuses them of negligent homicide. For space reasons, the process takes place in Dusseldorf.
In the trial for the Duisburg Love Parade disaster on Tuesday (06.02.2018) testified for the first time a witness from the Netherlands.
Above all, the 28-year-old described the narrowness of the Loveparade very impressively. One stood head to head and forehead to forehead. Then, according to his testimony, he was knocked to the ground and buried by crushed people. Next to him, he spotted his buddy and could not feel a pulse with him anymore. It was quiet as rare in the courtroom as the Dutchman testified. Even his interpreter fought – while she was translating – with tears.
Hints on cause of bad luck hoped
Also an Australian is supposed to testify in court today. A friend of hers died on the Love Parade. The hearing was interrupted because of translation problems.
Dutchman speaks at the Loveparade trial
Kick-off in the process for the Duisburg Love Parade disaster
Dusseldorf. In the process of the Love Parade disaster in Duisburg, the first foreign witness was a Dutchman. His friend had died in the throng.
The 29-year-old from Zwolle reported on Tuesday how his friend Jan-Willem died next to him in the crowd. He survived injured and traumatized. He is still suffering from the psychological consequences, was unemployed, ill and repeatedly suicidal: “To this day I have to deal with it every day.”
He was not good at the police. The officials had denied the help of the deadly crowd and looked idly. After nearly three weeks of interruption, the Loveparade process in Düsseldorf was continued. The Dutchman is also a co-plaintiff in the proceedings.
At the Loveparade disaster on 24 July 2010 in Duisburg 21 people were crushed and at least 652 injured. Among the dead were also a Dutchman and an Australian. The trial at Duisburg Regional Court against six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent had begun in December. The prosecution accuses them of negligent homicide. For space reasons, the process takes place in Dusseldorf.
17 January 2018
LOVE PARADE PROCESS
In the Loveparade trial on Wednesday, an eyewitness described how he experienced the terrible crowding that was fatal to 21 people.
Eike was his friend. Eike had a nickname for him, and that was the last thing he heard from him. Twice, three times in the crowd of the Love Parade, they were cries for help, but he could not help him. The next thing he heard from Eike was in the car in the evening: “Eike is dead.”
The 27-year-old from Osnabrück is only the sixth witness in the trial for the Techno Festival in Duisburg, in which 21 people died. Not the first to talk about the dead, but the first to talk about a victim he knew. Eike Mogendorf, 21, one of seven friends who did not survive the trip. Like his friend, his parents are co-plaintiffs in the process, in which ten defendants have to answer for negligent homicide.
He felt “as if repeatedly turned by the meat grinder”
In tears, the witness tells of the intense narrowness that took his breath away, that pulled his legs away until he was lying, beneath him body, above him, and himself “like quicksand, sinking ever deeper”. It felt like hours, he says, trying in vain to grab his cell phone “to call my mother again.” Desperate tore at him, biting and scratching, blackened eyes. And thought, “That’s it. Then you will probably die here and today. “
The then 20-year-old has survived. With abrasions, bruises, bites, but he did it. “They are coming!”, A friend called suddenly, he was pulled out, lay motionless between the bodies, could not move his legs, felt, “like several times through the meat grinder turned”.
“We did not get her a piece”
And then he saw the girl: that girl who had rolled her eyes next to him, Eike was still there. For a long time he had tried to pull the young woman up, she was light and he was strong, “but we did not lift her up and then I did not see her”. And now she was lying there, her eyes open, her lips blue. The 27-year-old is crying.
Only on demand, the pictures come back: that the girlfriend of the girl spoke Spanish. There were two Spanish deaths on July 24, 2010. And that he saw Eike on the ground after falling over “like dominoes.” “I had my hand on his chest, and at some point he did not breathe.” They were looking for Eike, “but he was not there.”
Until Patrick saw the papers, days later, he thought the ramp to the Love Parade had been their exit. The escape route.
DAY 9 IN THE PROCESS OF THE LOVE PARADE DISASTER
The very moving description of the witness: “We came in a festive mood, did not know where to go. We continued to follow the stream until we turned left into the tunnels. ”
There the drama took its course. The crowd increased, there was no progress for half an hour. The friends were already thinking about turning back. But: “All branches were secured with fences. We went on then. I wish to this day that we would not have done that. “
Peter Z. over come the tears. After a short break, he continues: “It was getting tighter and more uncomfortable. We then wanted to take the exit. As I know today, it was the ramp and the entrance to the Love Parade. ”
The people in the crowd get into mortal danger. The witness: “Right behind me was Eike Mogendorf. A friend called us, we should not fall over. At some point near Eike was a girl who has her eyes twisted, said she can not stand it anymore. We tried to pick her up. It did not work. Everyone pressed. At some point we could not hold on to her and then I did not see her again. Then everyone realized that this is not going well. ”
Banned silence in the courtroom, while Peter Z. continues his statement in a heavy voice: “At some point the crowd started to waver again. We lost sight of Eike. He still called me by my nickname. He shouted then. But that went down in the crowd. “
Desperately everyone tried to stay on their feet. Peter Z .: “Whoever fell was swallowed. Then we came to case. Below us lay two layers of people. I could not help anyone under me. Then I realized that the people below me bit me. My pants were almost down. If I had come to my pants, I could have called my mother again. ”
The friends blew air into each other’s mouths to survive. The witness: “My eyes went black. I thought, fine, that’s it. I had finished with the thing. Policemen then pulled me out. Later I learned that Eike was dead. “
Process will resume Thursday.
16 January 2018
Loveparade trial: Two other witnesses describe the horror of Duisburg
By Peter Kurz
Dusseldorf. How was it then, on 24 July 2010 in the deadly crush of the Love Parade disaster? How could it happen that 21 young people died in Duisburg and more than 650 were injured? The Duisburg district court heard two other witnesses who were in the midst of a deadly crush on Tuesday.
Unlike a young woman who testified last week in the huge courtroom in the Dusseldorf fair, Gernot B. has come out of the case without injury and without trauma. Anyway, he says that himself. And he wonders when the judge then reads him from a medical certificate, which definitely certified him a traumatization. Even for the 34-year-old software developer, who had gone to a love parade with a few friends, the matter was life-threatening. When he is only a few meters from the stairs, over which some people save themselves from the deadly crush, it is no longer back or forth.
The Brunswick describes how he is completely unable to move in the tightness, the left arm down, the right above his head. And so he can not help, as next to him hyperventilated a young woman. “Then her eyes were lifeless, twisting upwards,” he says. He still tried to grab her by the arm, pull her up, but he does not make it, is himself narrowed and motionless. The last thing he sees of her is that she sinks down between the other people. He never knew what happened to her, “I suspect she died,” he says.
“I was worried about my life, but I tried to keep my cool.”
Witness (34), on Tuesday in court
At the latest, he realizes that the situation is deadly. “I was worried about my life but tried to keep my cool, not trying, like some others, to push myself out of the crowd.” At some point there is a push that propagates through the crowd, he and others around him getting skewed, feet still on the ground. Then, occasionally people are pulled out of the crowd, his friend Marco has fainted, “I have hit him with a flat hand in the face, he should persevere.” At some point then many helpers had been there, he could go up the stairs and later found his friends again.
Page 2: People wanted to save their lives by force
The second witness on this day has a different perspective: The 42-year-old Mehmet B. makes a solid impression at first glance. But in the course of the hearing comes through, as this day has thrown off track. The professional driver still takes drugs that prohibit him from using machines, driving cars. He had conversation therapies, took antidepressants, the lust for life had been lost to him. He could only help out in the drinking hall today. He blames himself on how he behaved at the time, he says.
He also tells of wave movements of the mass, also for him the stairs had been like a magnet. A possible escape route. On the way he had “pushed through the crowd with a lot of physical effort”. Everyone was violent, he justifies himself, everyone wanted to save his life. Finally he reached the stairs. A young man wanted to pull him up, but then he left his strength and let go. So he was pitched down.
Then the police were already there. And have shown him a way out of the tight. He was high (of which intoxicants, he does not want to say), so despite the pain he stayed with his buddies on the Loveparade until late at night. Only through the television crews “who wanted to do interviews”, he had learned of the extent of the disaster.
This money is available to relatives
The state of NRW wants to provide a total of 400,000 euros with the budget 2018. 300,000 euros will be donated to the foundation “Duisburg 24.07.2010”, which supports its members psychologically and pastoral during the process with a support team. An amendment to the budget also provides for another € 100,000 to cover part of the accommodation and travel costs of the co-plaintiffs in the process.
Witness: “Woman sank lifeless in the crowd”
By Peter Kurz
In the Loveparade trial, other witnesses testified yesterday. They described how they experienced the mass panic and survived.
Dusseldorf. How was it then, on July 24, 2010 in the deadly flock of the Love Parade disaster? How could it happen that 21 young people died in Duisburg and more than 650 were injured? The district court of Duisburg yesterday heard two other witnesses who were in the midst of a deadly swarm.
Unlike a young woman who testified last week in the large courtroom of the Dusseldorf fair, Gernot B. has come out without injuries and without trauma from the case. Anyway, he says so himself. And he wonders when the judge reads him then from a medical certificate that certifies him definitely a traumatization. Even for the 34-year-old software developer, who went to the Love Parade with some friends, it was life-threatening. When he’s only a few feet from the stairs some people save from the deadly swarm, it’s not back and forth. The Braunschweig describes how he can not move in the confines completely, the left arm down, the right above the head. And so he can not help because next to him hyperventilated a young woman. “Then her eyes were lifeless and turned up,” he says. He was still trying to grab her by the arm, pull her up, but he can not make it, is self-constrained and motionless. The last thing he sees of her is that she sinks between the other people. He never knew what happened to her. “I suspect she died,” he says.
“I was worried about my life, but I tried to calm myself down.”
Witness (34), yesterday in court
At the latest, he realizes that the situation is deadly. “I was worried about my life, but I tried to calm down and not, like some others, try to push me out of the crowd.” At some point there is a push that spreads through the crowd, he and others around him are crooked, his feet still on the ground. Then occasionally people are torn from the crowd, his friend Marco has fainted: “I hit him with a flat hand in the face, he should persevere.” At some point there were many helpers there, he could go up the stairs and later found his friends again.
The second witness on this day has a different perspective: The 42-year-old Mehmet B. makes a solid impression at first glance. But in the course of the hearing comes through, how this day has strayed from the track. The professional driver still uses drugs that prohibit him from using machines and driving cars. He had conversation therapies, took antidepressants, the joy of life had been lost to him. He could only help out in the drinking hall today. He blames himself for behaving like that, he says.
He also tells of wave movements of the mass, for him the stairs had been like a magnet. A possible escape route. On the way he had “pushed through the crowd with much physical effort”. Everyone was violent, he justifies himself, everyone wanted to save his life. Finally he reached the stairs. A young man wanted to pull him up, but then he let go of his strength and let go. So he was thrown to the ground. Then the police were already there. And showed him a way out of the tight. He was high (exhilarating, he does not want to say), so despite the pain he stayed late at night with his friends at the Love Parade. Only from the TV crews “who wanted to do interviews,” he had learned of the dimensions.
“I had the impression that the woman is just dying”
What exactly happened during the Love Parade disaster? On the eighth day of the criminal trial, the court questioned a man who survived the crush. A young woman by his side probably not.
In the Loveparade trial on Tuesday, an eyewitness of the disaster in Duisburg described how in the crowd next to him a woman was unconscious and sank into the crowd. The young man also acts as a co-plaintiff. He reported how he and another man tried to pull the woman out of the crowd, but failed. Then she stopped breathing and disappeared next to him. Whether she survived, he did not know.
The witness reported that he and four friends wanted to visit the Technoparade on the former freight yard. At the foot of the ramp, the only entrance and exit to the venue, they did not get any further. The crowd had finally been so strong that he could no longer lift his left arm up.
“I remember that by my side a young man screamed that his girlfriend could not breathe,” he said matter-of-factly. They still tried to pull them out, but they did not make it. “She breathed quickly and then did not breathe.” Then she was lost next to him. “I had the impression that the woman next to me is dying.” From that point on, he had been aware that he, too, could feel the same way. “I did not panic, but I was scared for my life.” He tried to keep a cool head.
Court wants to ask more co-plaintiffs
Later he was pulled out of the crowd and left Duisburg again. He said that he had not been injured and had not gone to see a doctor afterwards. The presiding judge had to inform him then a better: He had been two days after the accident very well with a doctor. However, according to his own statements, the man could not remember this visit to the doctor either. “I think I coped relatively well,” he said.
At the Love Parade disaster on July 24, 2010 in Duisburg 21 people were crushed and at least 652 were injured in a crush. The trial before the district court of Duisburg against six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent had begun in December. The prosecution accuses them of, among other things, negligent homicide. At the coming trial days, the court wants to question other co-plaintiffs. Because of the many parties involved in the process takes place in a congress hall in Dusseldorf.
Love Parade process
Man saw unconscious woman sink into crowd
Kick-off in the process for the Duisburg Love Parade disaster Dusseldorf. In the Loveparade trial on Tuesday, an eyewitness of the disaster in Duisburg described how in the crowd next to him a woman was unconscious and sank into the crowd. The young man also acts as a co-plaintiff.
He reported how he and another had tried to pull the woman out of the crowd, but failed. Then she stopped breathing and was lost beside him. Whether she survived, he did not know.
The man stated that he had remained unhurt in the crush and had not visited a doctor. However, during the interrogation, the presiding judge stated that the man was at the doctor two days after the accident. At the doctor’s visit, however, the man could not remember even then.
At the Loveparade disaster on 24 July 2010 in Duisburg 21 people were crushed and at least 652 injured in a crush. The trial against six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent had begun in December.
The prosecution accuses them of, among other things, negligent homicide. At the next trial, the court wants to interview further co-plaintiffs as witnesses.
January 11, 2018, 8:17 pm
Love Parade process
( Translated using Google Translate )
As the pictures run, it gets quiet
The Loveparade trial hears the first witnesses. While a woman describes the experiences with emotional words, video recordings of Manfred B. shock the hall.
By Christian Wernicke, Dusseldorf
She fights. With what she has experienced or what has displaced her. And about her composure. Rosalinda B. is the first witness to testify to the 2010 Love Parade more than a month after the criminal trial began. And the first victim to finally speak.
Slowly, with a broken voice, the 31-year-old woman with long black hair describes how thousands were squeezed in the tunnel and on the ramp at Duisburg’s freight yard. And how 21 people died. To this day, the witness sometimes attacks respiratory distress. The seizures come suddenly, “every time I smell or see something that reminds me.”
On the tragic July 24, 2010 Rosalinda B. drove with her sister to the techno party. By taxi. They came in clean. But when the sister injured herself on a piece of broken glass and the two were looking for a paramedic, they fell into the crowd at the only entrance and exit. “We were pushed from the front and from behind,” says the witness, “like sardines in a tin.” A police cordon tried to sort the crowd, and someone told them to wait until it calmed down, “But it did not calm down.” Only worse.
“Hold my hand, do not let go,” yelled the nurse. But the two were separated. Rosalinda, only 1.58 meters tall, struggled for air, saw only upper bodies or backpacks in front of her. A young stranger helped her, holding her head up, pushing toward the small concrete staircase over which people fled the death-trap. Rosalinda B. already crashed on the second level, other fugitives fell on her.
Next to her, the witness tells with tears, a young woman lay, who also did not come up. “Please help me,” I have begged half the child, but: “I could not free myself, the people were on me.” And they got heavier and heavier. B. woke up hours later in the hospital, on the stairs she had fainted.
Mario Plein, the presiding judge of the Duisburg district court, tries to wrest the court-related findings from the witness with questions. Whether the folders, as intended in the security concept of the Love Parade, because with instructions have tried to “dissolve the compression of people?” Rosalinda does not remember that (“They were standing there.”), But the fences near the scene were shaky. Whether the police ordered her official chain or gave up only helpless, she also does not know exactly: “The was torn up.” And times, when exactly what she experienced and where, the witness can not do. Only this: “It took me an eternity.”
Manfred B. is filming the tragedy
The second witness and co-plaintiff will be Manfred B in the afternoon. The 34-year-old teacher staggered on the day of the tragedy, only a few meters away from Rosalinda B. But he has, it will be clear after a few minutes of his interrogation, the misfortune far better overcome. Almost soberly sound the answers of the powerful man, who describes precisely how “from a certain point of time, people had no choice where to go” – and were thrown back and forth by waves of mass.
At the time, Manfred B. had the nerve to film with his mobile phone at the Love Parade. Also, when he realized, “that could be dangerous now”. Why he did that, Judge Plein wants to know. “Because I knew that someday you need evidence.”
As a “pizza guy”, Manfred B. put a four-part “chronology of a disaster” on Youtube in the summer of 2010. On Thursday, the courtroom will be his auditorium. Suddenly it is dead quiet in the semicircle, defenders as prosecutors staring at the three large screens in the hall. And see in pictures, what is in the files: That on 24 July 2010 at 16:30 clock the situation on the ramp comes to a head, as the first, apparently powerless body, are passed over the crowd to the rescue staircase. And they hear the screams of the crowd shrill: “I do not want more” or “Get us out of here!”. At 4:59 pm of the recording, one hears a woman moan: “I can not do it.” Since that defendant has to drive with his hand over his face, who was then the event manager of the Love Parade.
Rosalinda B., the first witness in this mega-trial, left earlier Thursday. The video does not need. She has been in therapeutic treatment for years. She did not suffer any organic damage, but the psychological consequences crush her. During her statement on Thursday, she nervously kneaded her fingers. And sometimes she pressed together a white handkerchief. For example, when she reveals what she still tortures most of all, “I do not know if the girl next to me is alive, or if she died.” Her sister survived.
Difficult search for the guilt
Today the Loveparade process continues. The judges are likely to struggle. History shows that the judiciary fails regularly in the criminal processing of such disasters. Comment by Heribert Prantl more …
First Witness speaks in the Love Parade Process
“Hold my hand, do not let go”
The taking of evidence began in the Love Parade process. The first witness described how she survived in the crush – and that she still has feelings of guilt today.
In the Love Parade trial, the first witness reported how she ended up in a deadly crush in Duisburg more than seven years ago. Her sister had injured her hand on a piece of broken glass on the site, reported the 31-year-old apprentice halting and breathing heavily in front of the district court.
In the search for medical help, she was then with her sister in the crowd. A chain of police officers had prevented them from leaving the grounds. The chain had then been torn apart and the crowd had increased.
Her sister had pleaded: “Hold my hand, do not let go.” But then she was torn away. “The pressure was so strong,” she had lost sight of her sister. She could not breathe, could not move.
A young man helped her with her head and hair up, saying, “I’ll help you.” When trying to reach a staircase at the access ramp, but she then fell. People were lying on it. “On my left was a young girl shouting, ‘Help me, help me!’,” Said the witness. But that was not possible. “I could not free myself.” She then woke up in the intensive care unit of a hospital, said the Duisburg.
From time to time she still feels “this tremendous pressure,” said the witness. “If I smell something specific or see many people, that will come back.” One year after the disaster, she had been in a psychosomatic clinic for seven weeks. She still felt guilty because she could not help the young woman next to her. What became of her is not known. The witness’s sister survived.
With the testimony of the witness, the court now entered the evidence. At the Love Parade disaster on 24 July 2010, 21 people were crushed and at least 652 were injured in the dense crowd at the only entrance and exit. Due to negligent homicide and negligence, six employees of the city of Duisburg and four employees of the organizer Lopavent are charged.
The process started in December (the most important questions and answers can be found here). For reasons of space, the procedure of the Duisburg district court takes place in the Düsseldorf trade fair.
JPZ / dpa
Loveparade survivors: “I could not breathe anymore”
Rosalinda B. crashed and was traumatized. Manfred B. documented the events in the deadly scrum. As witnesses, they reported on the process of witnessing the 2010 Loveparade. Andrea Grunau from Dusseldorf.
“Help, get us out of here !!!” The 7th day of negotiations in the Loveparade trial is almost over, screams of pain and shrill cries for help ring through the courtroom in the Düsseldorf Congress Hall. On three large screens, the district court Duisburg shows videos titled “Chronology of a Disaster – Part 1 to 4”. One sees in it, how humans, who want to celebrate at first cheerfully, evidently in fear of death try to flee from the unbearably close trap between a high wall, an embankment and urgent people in tunnel entrances. A few escaped via a narrow staircase, bodies are repeatedly passed over the heads of others, others climb over their heads themselves.
Manfred B. (34), now co-prosecutor and witness in the process, uploaded the videos to Youtube at the end of July 2010 a few days after the Love Parade disaster. He had filmed the first sequences as a diary for himself as in previous Loveparades, he explains in the survey by the presiding judge Mario Plein. The later shots in life-threatening throng he had made to document the events. The video has a voice that says, “Such a shitty organization, unbelievable, a fence of a million people, how sick is that?”
The luck to be 1.90 meters tall
The performance lasts nearly 40 minutes: screams and noise change with silence when photos are displayed. Manfred B. makes it clear on text panels that he was lucky because he is 1.90 meters tall and strong. In the crush, he almost strangled someone because his elbow pressed against his neck. He could have pulled off his arm, but he could not have avoided evading anyone under him. After the last video, there is a moment of deep silence over the large courtroom. You can hear the humming of the air conditioning and your own heartbeat, which has noticeably accelerated.
With the beginning of evidence, the process now focuses on the horror experienced by visitors to the Love Parade, when many struggled for their lives in a confined space. On July 24, 2010, 21 people were killed and at least 652 injured. The first days of the trial had mainly influenced requests from the defense. They emphasized recently that their clients – employees of the city of Duisburg and staff of the organizer Lopavent – are only “suspects from the second row”, the “fake in the dock”. Above all, the police would “kept out of responsibility”. The charge is for negligent homicide and negligent assault.
“Do not let go of my hand!”
Rosalinda B. was injured and traumatized. “The air was squeezed, we were pushed from the front and the back, like sardines in the tin,” Rosalinda B. delves into her memories when she reports at noon as a witness in the Loveparade trial. The 31-year-old from Duisburg starts hesitating, looks at her hands, rubs her fingers again and again. “Nobody is doing anything here”, Judge Plein tries to reassure her.
Düsseldorf Loveparade Process (picture-alliance / dpa / I. Fassbender)
“I’m sorry for the co-plaintiffs,” said Judge Mario Plein, as the testimonies were delayed
Her older sister Giusi had injured her hand on the way to the festival site, she says. To look for paramedics, the young women were reversed and rushed into the crowd. A police cordon would have blocked their way. “Do not let go of my hand,” her sister had said, but they had been scattered as well as the police cordon. “I felt as if I had been the smallest, there were only upper body and backpacks,” Rosalinda B. reminds herself: “I could not breathe.” A young man tried to help her, but she fell at the bottom of the stairs.
Survivors: seven years of guilt
“Next to me lay a young girl,” she keeps telling her that she asked for help, Rosalinda B. puts her hands over her face: “But I could not help it, because people could not help me It was getting heavier and heavier. ” The witness is tormented and close to tears: “I do not know if the girl survived, I’ve felt guilty for seven years,” she says. “Only those who have gone through that can understand that.” Lawyer Julius Reiter, whose law firm represents about 100 co-plaintiffs and Loveparade-injured, knows such “survival guilt feelings” also from his clients, he reports the DW.
Rosalinda B. became unconscious, woke up only in the ICU in the hospital, she was ventilated. The doctors diagnosed a massive breast squeeze, a thoracic trauma, bruises, a mental shock. She was in great pain. Weeks of hospitalization followed to treat her traumatization. Until last year, she was unable to work, says the 31-year-old, now she is training in nursing. If she remembers back then, she still feels “this tremendous pressure” today.
“I ran like a zombie”
When the life-threatening crush on the Loveparade in Duisburg came to an end, there were two lifeless bodies right in front of him, reports Manfred B. Sachlich, as he tried to reanimate her with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A police officer had helped him until paramedics had taken over, in both cases in vain. He remembers the colors of the garments: pink and green.
Love Parade Duisburg 2010 Mass Panic (AP)
Care after the disaster: At least 652 people were injured
When there was nothing left to do he went up the stairs. Until the evening he stayed at the festival area, where many ravers were celebrating who did not know what had happened. “That was very surreal, I walked like a zombie,” says the prospective teacher.
“I’m not a hero,” Manfred B. wrote as a text in his video. In the throng he had tried to help a young woman who was depressed on the floor among many others. “We come out of here”, you can hear him say in the video. He asked her to fight, not to give up. He held her hand. In 2010 he was honored together with other private helpers by Federal President Christian Wulff. Through his videos he found the girl whose hand he had held. In December 2010 he was invited to a talk show with her.
Germany Loveparade rescuer Manfred Bauknecht and rescued Kristina Muth at Günther Jauch (picture-alliance / dpa / H. Ossinger)
Loveparade rescuers and rescued – Manfred B. and Kristina M. were invited in 2010 to a television review of the year
Enlightenment, repression, much sadness
For traumatized witnesses it will be very difficult to remember details that contribute to further education, defender Kerstin Stirner suspects. Rosalinda B. also testified that she had tried to oust a lot, she even moved away from Duisburg. “All the more important are people like the second witness, who made such a solid impression that he might be able to give a more detailed impression of the events, so this witness should be interviewed even more intensively later,” Stirner told DW.
Düsseldorf Loveparade Process (picture-alliance / dpa / I. Fassbender)
About 30 defenders represent the ten defendants in the Loveparade trial
From the point of view of the defense, it was of interest “whether and how individuals perceived the events on the day of the event, in particular, of course, the police chains and their immediately noticeable consequences”. This is important for “the question of the causality of individual circumstances for the tragedy”.
The interrogation of Manfred B. was interrupted and will continue next week. Yes, he seems stable, but when presiding judge Mario Plein asks him how he mentally coped with the events, he is silent first. Then he tells of sadness and that he “had to cry a lot”. Even if he could work and go back to the disco, if he was interviewed and dealt with the Love Parade as now for the process, then he noticed internally “a lot of sadness”.