Frankfurt – 12 November 2013: Final day of the trial against Sonja Suder

Organize revolutionary carpooling! Come to support Sonja at sentencing!

After more than one year of trial sessions, on the 12th of November 2013 the regional court of Frankfurt (Main) will announce its verdict against Sonja Suder. We wouldn’t miss this moment for anything, and we call for revolutionary carpooling to the court to show our solidarity together.

Sonja is accused of participating in 1977 and 1978 attacks as member of the Revolutionary Cells/Red Zora (RZ). Furthermore, she is alleged to have transported weapons for the 1975 attack on the OPEC conference in Vienna.

The court will largely rely on inherently contradictory witness statements of the leniency applicant Hans-Joachim Klein. By doing so, it will persist in ignoring that another regional court classified Klein as untrustworthy witness already years ago. Additionally, the Frankfurt court doesn’t give a damn about the fact that Klein was once again unmasked as a liar, during a French cop’s testimony some weeks ago, showing that Sonja was in the clear. Rather, the court will have no scruples about using statements taken by force from Hermann F. in torture-like conditions, as it never even mattered to the judges whether Hermann—who in 1978 was handed over to the cops heavily injured—could get re-traumatized by being subpoenaed to testify again, at this trial.

Furthermore, the court will make a judgment based on the uncompromising stance of Sonja and Sibylle S.—witness who was held in coercive detention for several months. Both have denied any cooperation. This is yet another reason why we wish to attend the final day of the trial in Frankfurt, to show our solidarity loud and clear with, currently, the oldest pre-trial prisoner in Europe.

For decades, the State attempted to extradite Christian (whose proceeding is temporarily suspended) and Sonja from France to Germany. Sonja has spent two years of pre-trial detention, ever since their delivery to the German authorities with the help of the new European arrest warrant. All this makes it clear that Sonja is to receive the highest possible sentence. This is also about their prerogative power of interpreting leftist history. The court sends out a strong message to current social struggles: the State does not forget…

Neither do we! Solidarity is a weapon!

Join the rally on the 12th of November, at 9am, in front of the courthouse in Frankfurt.


Translation notes:
In April 2013, the court decided to split the cases of Sonja Suder and her companion Christian Gauger. The main reason why the proceeding against Christian did not continue was his bad health condition. In August, the trial for his case was suspended, and his warrant was appealed. Thus he has not been acquitted of charges but is “free” ever since.
Recently, on October 26th, a solidarity gathering took place at the maximum-security women’s prison Preungesheim, where Sonja is still held.
During the trial session of October 29th, the prosecutor asked for 3 years and 9 months imprisonment against Sonja in relation to arson attacks on MAN, KSB and Heidelberg castle, but proposed her acquittal for the raid on the OPEC oil minister conference. On November 5th, the defense made closing arguments.

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