The Suspected Terrorist Dr. Andrej Holm
by Anders Mikkelsen
German academic Dr. Andrej Holm is the father of three children and lives in Berlin. He is a sociologist interested in the power relations of gentrification and urban renewal and is a critic of German government policies. He is also a suspected terrorist and under arrest in solitary confinement.
On July 31st 2007 the home of German academic Dr. Andrej Holm was searched by the German Federal Police. He was then arrested and flown by helicopter to the German Federal Court in Karlsruhe and brought before the custodial judge. This father of three children has been held in the Berlin-Moabit awaiting trial. He was charged with “membership in a terrorist association according to § 129a StGB” (German Penal Code, section 7 on “Crimes against Public Order”). He and three other people were charged with belonging to a “militant gruppe”/”mg” which is a militant group or terrorist organization. Several other academics also had their homes searched, and all had been under surveillance since September 2006.Several hours before the academics had their homes searched, Florian L., Oliver R. und Axel H. were arrested in the Brandenburg region around Berlin and accused of attempted arson of four German Federal Army vehicles. These three are suspected of other acts of arson.
The four are detained in solitary confinement:
“Andrej H., as well as Florian L., Oliver R. und Axel H., are detained since 1st August 2007 in Berlin-Moabit under very strict conditions: they are locked in solitary confinement 23 hours a day and are allowed only one hour of courtyard walk. Visits are limited to a total of half an hour every two weeks. Contacts, including contacts with lawyers, are allowed only through separation panes, including contact with their lawyers. The mail of the defense is checked.”
The Federal Prosecutor (Bundesanwaltschaft) is investigating all seven, as they are suspected of “membership in a terrorist association” according to §129a StGB.
Of the academics, only Dr. Andrej Holm was arrested. According to his supporters, he is alleged to have met one of these three suspected arsonists on two occasions in the first half of 2007 in supposedly “conspiratorial circumstances.” According to the German Government – “This [arrest as a suspected terror group member is the result of among other things the fact of comprehensive conspiratorial contacts and meetings in particular with the accused of Florian L.” “Dies ergibt sich unter anderem aus der Tatsache umfassender konspirativer Kontakte und Treffen insbesondere mit dem Beschuldigten Florian L.” The German Federal Prosecutors do not want to hinder an ongoing investigation so they have made no more information available.
Note that Dr. Andrej Holm, according to the German Government Web Site, is arrested only for suspected membership due to meeting with only one of the accused. How dangerous is this group? The primary suspected activity of this group is arson of vehicles – most recently government vehicles. He was not arrested for doing or planning anything. This is an admission that he is only guilty by association.