Neo-Nazi Horst Mahler transferred to prison in Bavaria
Original article: www.ejpress.org/article/1260
By Oliver Bradley Updated: 29/Dec/2006 09:04
BERLIN (EJP)--- The disbarred neo-Nazi lawyer Horst Mahler has been moved from the high security prison in Cottbus-Dissenchen, close to the Polish border, to an undisclosed prison in the southern state of Bavaria, the Brandenburg State Justice Ministry announced.
The move, which occurred last Wednesday, was a result of Mahler’s official change of residence – which he had legally moved from a suburb located between Berlin and Potsdam to Bavaria.
Mahler was sentenced to prison in January 2005, for spreading xenophobic and anti-Semitic propaganda and inciting violence in a leaflet that was handed out to journalists at a rally of the extreme right National Party of Germany (NPD), in 2002.
The 70 year old Mahler worked as a lawyer and is an active member within both the NPD and the Deutsches Kolleg - a right wing think tank calling for a nationalist-racial and socialist revolution in Germany. He had made no attempt to publicly hide his contempt for western, democratic and liberal values and Jews. As a former left-wing militant, he has also shown his disdain for German democratic conservatives. Mahler’s ideological goal is the destruction Judaism.
As a young lawyer, Mahler worked within a prominent Berlin law office until his socialist leanings led to involvement with clientele from the Extra-Parliamentary Opposition (APO), which in turn ruined his chance for a successful professional career.
Dedicated to continuing his work, Mahler jointly founded the first "socialist lawyers collective" and represented several activists within the German student movement of the 1960s. In 1970, he fled to Jordan and trained in guerrilla warfare tactics with the PLO. Upon his return to Germany, he co-founded the Red Army Faction which was the precursor to the Baader Meinhof Gang, one of Germany’s most destructive terror groups.
In 1972, Mahler was arrested and charged with “conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in connection with the establishment of a criminal association and participation in the same” and sentenced to fourteen years in prison. It was around this time that Mahler began to shed his revolutionary international Marxist beliefs – which was rejected by the rest of the Baader Meinhof Gang – which virtually kicked him out. He was released early from prison in the early 1980s and was allowed to resume practicing law again under the condition that he change his political stance.
Instead of finding a middle way, he ended up embracing a synthesis between communism, anti-capitalism, nationalism, fascism and socialism.
With new ideas about religion, tradition, the “Jewish Conspiracy” and the role of foreigners, Mahler began, once again, to draw national attention. He successfully defended the NPD in a trial before the German Supreme Court regarding its potential prohibition – even though Mahler’s personal political views are considered more radical than those of most NPD politicians - some of whom have even voiced their disapproval of him. NPD politician Per Lennart Aae once wrote about Mahler: "He spends each day consumed with Judaism or abuses the tenants of the constitution. Each such day is a lost day."
Mahler’s license to practice law was withdrawn in 2004 and in January 2005, he was sentenced to nine months in prison for "inciting racial hatred". Later in 2005, Ernst Zündel, a neo-Nazi hoped to have Mahler to defend his case own case for "having incited racial hatred".
However, on the first day of the trial, November 8, 2005, Judge Ulrich Meinerzhagen ruled that neither Mahler, who was disbarred, nor the court appointed lawyer, Sylvia Stolz, whose positions closely resembled those of Mahler, could not serve on the defence team.
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