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Andrej Holm thanks his supporters
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On August 14 2007, HIC GS launched an Urgent Call to Action to protest agains the arrest and incarceration of Dr. Andrej Holm and three others on the basis of allegations that the four belong to a "terrorist militant group"

Forwarded message from Andrej Holm a.holm@sowi.hu-berlin.de


Dear colleagues, friends, fellow campaigners and supporters,

Yesterday I found out that the responsible division of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe will not take any decision with respect to the appeal against my temporary release from custody until October.
According to the presiding judge of the Third Criminal Division of the Court, there may be outstanding legal questions as to the strong suspicions, as well as the application of the §129a legislation in the proceedings. To clarify these issues, a longer period of consultation is required.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many support and solidarity circles who have done such amazing work in the past weeks, both for my release and for an immediate end to the proceedings.

Only a few days after my arrest my lawyer told me about the many different initiatives. All the small and large activities that were
begun gave me the strength to endure the situation in solitary confinement. Every sign from "outside", every small mention in the
papers about a solidarity action, every new signature to the uncountable protest declarations, and every letter that reached me in my cell showed me that I am not alone in my powerlessness against the investigative authorities.

From the start, the support of academics and activists, trade unions and social movements, friends, political foundations and parties was so broad and far-reaching that with every day the hope for a speedy end to the proceedings grew - even though I of course know that in the last instance the judges in Karlsruhe will be the ones taking the decision.

With my temporary release I and my family have achieved an important partial victory. Yet there is still a long way to go to the final cessation of the proceedings and the release of the other prisoners. I hope I can continue to count on your support.

Andrej Holm
a.holm@sowi.hu-berlin.de



 
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