A police officer from Weimar is on trial, among other things for the disclosure of official secrets. He does not show insight.
WEIMAR taz | When Tino M. enters the hall, he frowns at how many people have come to watch the trial against him on Thursday morning in the Weimar district court. Court reporters, police officers, internal investigators of the state police, parliamentary observers and journalists are waiting for the verdict that Judge Ines Gloski has planned to announce that day.
There are many charges: In a total of 37 cases, the commissioner of the Weimar Police Department is said to have been guilty of bribery, betrayal of official secrets and breach of confidentiality obligations.
The 42-year-old family man from Bad Berka, Thuringia, is supposed to be the then early 20-year-old Hanna F. (Name changed by the editors) forwarded internal police data, given information about arrest warrants, sent pictures from surveillance cameras and dick pics of themselves. He is also said to have tried to bribe her by demanding sexual acts from her in exchange for internal police information. So it says in the indictment of the public prosecutor Franziska Hetzer.
On two days of the trial, in addition to internal investigators and police officers, other things also testified, including the main witness Hanna F. She confirmed the allegations against M. Hanna F. had a suspended sentence at the time of the chat contact in 2017 and 2018 of various offenses known to the police. As prosecutor Hetzer said, it was useful for Hanna F. that a police officer provided her with information.
“Should I pull my pants down now?”
Hetzer pointed to the chat logs that internal investigators were able to secure. In one of these chats from April 2017, M. writes to the young girl: “Sex outside?” When she replies that her boyfriend is there, M. writes “In the forest or in the police car” and “When I see you, everything works for me up”. When Hanna F. writes that he should stop, M. replied that he was “totally hot” and that he was “cool” in the police car.
In fact, there has never been any sexual activity – but this is irrelevant for criminal liability. When this and other chat content is read out in the courtroom, M. only smiles. Tino M., a tall, bearded man in a pink shirt, has no criminal record. He has a wife and three children. He has been a police officer since 1997 and, as he himself says, “has been a commissioner for ages”.
But in the courtroom it becomes clear who Tino M. really is. Again and again M. disturbs the process with whispers and interruptions, smiles at the stuff: inside smugly or knowingly draws the eyebrows up. He just doesn’t want to say anything about the allegations.
He interrupts the public prosecutor by heckling. When she discussed the pictures of his genitals sent by M. to the young Hanna F., Hanna F. said loudly: “Should I pull my pants down now? Do you want to measure? “
A confident cop
Last year the taz reported on Tino M’s right-wing convictions. Just one day before the trial, he shared another post on Facebook on the “Being German is not a crime” page, in which it is asserted that he will not be tested and will not be vaccinated. The inconspicuous Tino M. is someone who doubts the authenticity of the pandemic, incites against migrants and does not take women seriously.
Nevertheless, as a suspended commissioner, he still receives € 3,800 net a month – as long as the investigation continues. Prosecutor Hetzer spoke in the process of a possible “lack of control by the police.” In 2020, the taz also reported a “significant management problem”. As a result of taz research, executives at the Weimar police station are currently being investigated again.
The expected judgment was postponed until next week. Ms lawyer claims that Hanna F. was an informant and that his actions were “lawful police behavior”. He requested acquittal for the client. For prosecutor Hetzer, however, it is clear that the indictment has been confirmed. She applies for a prison sentence of 3 years and 6 months for the Commissioner Tino M.