May 16, 2022 5:32 p.m
In the appeal process for Bremen pastor Olaf Latzel, who was convicted of incitement to hatred, the public prosecutor and the defense held their pleas on Monday. A decision was also made on a motion for bias.
In an appeal process for incitement to hatred, the public prosecutor’s office has again demanded a guilty verdict against Bremen pastor Olaf Latzel. Two defenders of the evangelical clergyman, on the other hand, pleaded for acquittal on Monday. The conservative theologian made derogatory statements about homosexuals and gender theories at a marriage seminar in 2019, which the district court classified as hate speech in 2020.
In his closing remarks, Latzel said:
“I didn’t want anyone and I won’t discredit anyone as a person”
The representative of the public prosecutor’s office, on the other hand, reproached him for his statements such as: “These criminals from the CSD (Christopher Street Day) are running around everywhere”. This incites hatred and “immediately interferes with the human dignity of individuals”.
The defense argued that Latzel’s theological position on homosexuality conformed to the Bible. The statements were only made public on the Internet half a year later and were withdrawn immediately after criticism became known. A verdict by the district court is scheduled for next Friday (May 20).
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