If you struggle against the state, if you struggle for a better world, if you struggle for liberty, then there is a possibility that they will lock you up in prison, which is where I’ve been for the last 15 years. For over 10 years, I’ve been in the most hellish places, kept in solitary confinement for security reasons. I was arrested in 1996, yet it wasn’t until 2007 that I was finally allowed to circulate among the general prison population.
In October 1996, I was arrested after robbing a bank to collect money for revolutionary antiauthoritarian projects—some legal and others illegal. I was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months, as well as PD (Preventive Detention, based on a 1933 Nazi law that allows the state to keep you in custody for life as long as it believes you are a “threat to public safety”). Due to the fact that my form of struggle was an active one, they kept me in solitary confinement for over 10 years. I have been in the general prison population for the last four years, but I refuse to cooperate with the state or accept forced labor. That’s why the parole board found no reason to release me in 2009. I will complete my sentence in 2013, at which point I will be transferred to another maximum-security prison for PD. In fact, PD should have begun in 2008, but I had another five years and six months added to my sentence for a few minor infractions over the past decade, like “insulting judges, politicians, and wardens” (no joke!).
I didn’t kill anyone, nor were there any wounded (we can’t close our eyes to the fact that it was a trauma for the hostages in the bank, but that was over 15 years ago). I don’t know how much longer they will keep me in their jails, but I’m not thinking about “cooperating” with them—not the warden, the court, the psychologists, or anyone from the state.
I’m sure there is a slight chance that the court will release me within the next five years or so, but if people on the outside were to show the Governor that there is a strong support movement, they just might let me out of jail sooner.
Therefore, I would really appreciate it if you could write letters and e-mails requesting my release to:
Ministerpräsident Mr. Kretschamann
Richard Wagner Str. 15
Fax: 0049-711-2153-340 (the prefix can sometimes appear as +49 instead of 0049)
Phone: 0049-711-21530 (the prefix can sometimes appear as +49 instead of 0049)
c/o JVA-Zelle 3113