Last Monday, January 21 2019, the final hearing in Peike’s higher appeal took place. To support Peike while he received the verdict, around 40 friends and allies from Hamburg, Amsterdam and several other European cities were present.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only
Peike was sentenced to one year of unconditional imprisonment and a suspended prison sentence of 9 months. In line with Peike’s first courtcase, the prosecution again demanded a prison sentence of 1 year and 9 months. However, since the judge has now decided to suspend the final part of the sentence (the 9 months that Peike has not served yet) Peike will not have to go back to prison.
It became clear from the judge’s statement that the evidence the defense has given during the higher appeal (that lasted almost a year) does not matter to her at all. To the judge, Peike’s being present on the crossing that night carries so much weight that all of the contradictions in the given testimonies mean nothing to her, even though those testimonies are the only “evidence” that support the claim that Peike is “guilty.” Once more, everyone who was present was presented with the not matching suspect description, the “resistance” during the arrest (lying on the ground in fetal position) and the severe damage that the thrown bottles possibly could have led to. Again, just like in the first verdict Peike received, this was deemed enough to convict him for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disturbance of public order.
All further updates will be published on this website. (At this time it is still a possibility that an appeal in cassation will follow.) Additionally, all upcoming benefits will be announced here: money is still needed to cover the costs of the lawyers.
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