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Man 'held for years over paranoia that was right'
Bavarian justice minister, Beate Merk. Photo: DPA

Man 'held for years over paranoia that was right'

Published: 19 Nov 2012 14:10 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2012 14:10 GMT+01:00

A man who has been locked up in mental institutions for six years after saying his wife and her colleagues were involved in a fraud, was correct. Now the Bavarian justice minister is under pressure to review the case.

State Justice Minister Beate Merk says Gustl Mollath was and still is dangerous. He was acquitted of attacking his wife, but sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care, after an evaluation found that he had developed a "paranoid system of thought."

In an interview with Sunday's Süddeutsche Zeitung, law professor Henning Ernst Müller said major mistakes were made during Mollath's trial in 2006.

Three years earlier, in 2003, Mollath accused his wife and other employees at the HypoVereinsbank (HVB) of illegally funnelling clients' money into bank accounts in Switzerland. To bolster his claims, he offered up a folder full of documents.

But prosecutors did not investigate - and later, Mollath's wife filed suit against her husband for physically attacking her.

According to Müller, a professor of criminal law at the University of Regensburg, she had strong motivation to make false allegations against him.

Last week Merk defended prosecutors' decision not to probe the corruption claims against Mollath's wife, saying they did not have reasonable suspicion to believe the allegations based on the material provided.

Yet an audit conducted by HypoVereinsbank in 2003, which was only recently made public, suggests prosecutors had good cause to doubt the credibility of Mollath's wife.

"All verifiable claims were found to be accurate," the Süddeutsche Zeitung cited the HVB report as saying.

Müller told the paper that the justice minister had a responsibility to instigate an independent review of the case.

The bank's report means that Gustl Mollath's supposed crimes must be seen "in a completely different light," Müller argued. He also criticised the court for disregarding the allegations against Mollath's wife in evaluating her testimony.

On Wednesday, the Social Democrats in Bavaria's state parliament threatened to open an inquiry into the matter - but Merk has hit back, accusing the opposition of using the case for political gain.

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18:55 November 19, 2012 by raandy
"an evaluation found that he had developed a "paranoid system of thought."

has it ever occurred to these people that it might not be him it could be that he was surrounded by malcontents.
19:02 November 19, 2012 by Landmine
"sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care, after an evaluation found that he had developed a "paranoid system of thought."

There you go, shrinks will see faults in everyday normal people.... Ev er hear one say "no that person is perfectly normal"?
21:43 November 19, 2012 by wxman
This reminds me of the epitaph on a hypochondriac's headstone, "I Told You I Was Sick!".
00:58 November 20, 2012 by bobmarchiano
I wish him all the best from the millions he should be getting from the ......

Oh I forgot this is Germany
03:03 November 20, 2012 by wood artist
Seems like there might be some truth in that old saying: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you.

Just sayin'

wa
15:50 November 21, 2012 by Bernhard Pallmann
Many Thanks for all comments supporting the liberation of Gustl Mollath from the Horror-bavarian state-Fornesic Psychiatry of Bayreuth, from "the Modern Dr. Mengeles from Haar to Straubing"!

"Beate Dr. jur." Merk, CSU, is one of the "Kriminelle Faktenmacher in der CSU Bayern, der Muenchner Mordkommission", the Munich Murder-Commission of the local Bavarian Police). With Gust Mollath and his group of finest german and worldwide people we are staying in contact since end 2011. Mr. Mollath is a) a pur democrat b) innocent and never ever knocked his former wife, a black-money-cleaner-bandit of the HypoVereinsbank, Bavaria.

He is c) a victim of the CSU-death angels ("CSU Todsesengel Bayern"). We help him - and put him long time ago on the Top-Position to win the "Alexander Zouras Medienpreis 2012" (see media & Internet). Speaker Dr. Bernhard Pallmann email: civilcourage@hotmail.es
16:03 December 14, 2012 by aslanleon
Some decades back in the USA, a psychology student who was evaluated as perfectly normal arranged to be committed to a mental hospital. After a few days therapy, he began asking to be released but without telling the doctors that he was a plant. He couldn't get out. They had already prepared a hundred page file about all his mental 'illnesses'. In the end, his university had to use political muscle and his research plan to get him out, and the hospital fought this as well.

There are a number of people who really need to be in mental hospitals, mostly because they are dangerous to themselves and others, but I fear that too many are merely eccentric nuisances who annoy people, and I take that very personally as a threat-- so am I paranoid or merely eccentric and annoying?
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