Gil Ofarim trial postponed indefinitely

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    The singer Gil Ofarim in January 2020 © Tobias Hase/dpa

    Gil Ofarim should be in court in a week: The musician had anti-Semitism – Allegations made against a hotel employee. However, the judiciary did not believe him – and accused the 40-year-old. Now an unexpected decision followed.

    Leipzig – Surprise shortly before the trial against the musician Gil Ofarim: The trial against the 40th – year-olds because of his anti-Semitism allegations against a Leipzig hotel initially burst. The planned dates for the main hearing from October 24th to the end of November were cancelled, as the Leipzig Regional Court announced on Monday. Passes away is justified with a duty of care for the accused. The court also brought up a perpetrator-victim settlement. An agreement in the out-of-court procedure can have a mitigating effect.

    The district court thus steps on the brakes in the procedure in order to pass away to calm minds. All open questions should first be clarified, as a spokesman said on request. Because the responsible criminal court is currently busy with custody cases, new appointments can be expected in six months at the earliest.

    Ofarim , who comes from Munich, described a year ago in a viral video that an employee of a Leipzig hotel had asked him to take off his chain with the Star of David so that he could check in. According to the public prosecutor’s office in Leipzig, the incident did not happen that way. The employee concerned had filed a complaint for defamation and is acting as a joint plaintiff.

    Until the final conclusion of the proceedings, Ofarim’s pass applies away presumption of innocence. The 40-year-old had not made any public statements recently. Ofarim’s defender wants the “absolute acquittal”

    The time should now be used to decide on further charges against Ofarim. This is about false affidavits as well as fraud and attempted fraud. In addition, the co-plaintiff has made an extensive application for adhesion. In general, it is about civil claims such as damages and compensation for pain and suffering. The content wanted to the court did not comment.

    “A perpetrator-victim mediation is out of the question for us. We are striving for an absolute acquittal for our client,” said Ofarim’s defense attorney, Alexander Stevens, when asked by the dpa. In the proceedings, testimony stands against testimony. With the current decision of the court, the most important goal of the defense has been achieved, to stop the process for the time being.

    Trigger of the legal The tug of war in recent weeks was that the musician’s defense attorneys rejected the presiding judge at the Leipzig Regional Court as biased. However, the court rejected these applications as unfounded and immediately opened the main proceedings with the participation of the chamber chairman, although his application for rejection had not yet been finally decided. The Higher Regional Court had rejected the complaints against it last Friday. dpa

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