Accusation of incitement to hatred. Investigation against vaccination opponent Bhakdi resumed.
The case against the author Sucharit Bhakdi was last set – but now the investigation continues. The 75-year-old is accused of anti-Semitic statements and false corona theses.
Schleswig-Holstein’s General Public Prosecutor’s Office has reopened investigations into allegations of sedition against the controversial microbiologist and bestselling author Sucharit Bhakdi. The case was discontinued by the Kiel public prosecutor in November, said a spokeswoman on Thursday. The subject of the proceedings are statements made in an interview that is freely accessible on the Internet. The “Kieler Nachrichten” had previously reported.
Due to the later media coverage of the decision of the Kiel public prosecutor’s office, Attorney General Wolfgang Zepter requested the preliminary investigation ex officio last week, the spokeswoman said. “The Public Prosecutor General has resumed and taken over the investigative proceedings of the Kiel Public Prosecutor’s Office because, according to local assessments, the legal assessment of the incident is legally dubious and needs to be checked more closely.”
The reason for this are statements by Bhakdi in an interview, which were also disseminated in the short message service Twitter. In the interview, Bhakdi accused Israel of coercion to vaccinate, and he said that the current situation in the country was worse than in Germany at the time of National Socialism. “There is no people that learns better than they do,” he says of Jews. “But they have now learned and implemented the evil, and that is why Israel is now living bright – living hell.”
Bhakdi was Professor of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene in Mainz. Several of his theses on the Covid pandemic were classified as misleading or even incorrect by experts – for example from his former institute at the University of Mainz. His book “Corona False Alarm?” was one of the best-selling non-fiction books of 2020. It is an icon of radical opponents of the state Corona measures such as the “lateral thinkers” movement.