The former police unionist Thomas Nommensen (54) has to answer to the Lübeck district court for betrayal of secrets.

In the trial of former police unionist Thomas Nommensen, four witnesses are to be questioned, including a former editor-in-chief.

The former police unionist Thomas Nommensen (54) has to answer to the Lübeck district court for betrayal of secrets. © Christian Charisius/dpa

A former police unionist has been on trial for more than a month for allegedly leaking service secrets to a journalist. Now, among other things, a former editor-in-chief is to testify as a witness.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, four witnesses are to be questioned on the day. Among them is a former editor-in-chief of the “Kieler Nachrichten”.

The Kiel public prosecutor accuses the accused of leaking service secrets to a journalist of the newspaper in 16 cases. He has therefore had to answer in court since June 20 for betrayal of secrets.

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Nommensen had already faced these allegations in court at the end of June. At the same time he had stated that the police reporter had other sources besides him.

Nommensen testified that he could always rely on the reporter to research the information he had received. “Nevertheless, from today’s perspective, it was wrong to pass on confidential information to him,” Nommensen had testified.

The accused (r) and his lawyer Michael Gubitz talk before the start of the day of the trial.

The accused (r) and his lawyer Michael Gubitz talk before the start of the day of the trial. © Christian Charisius/dpa

According to the indictment, the information included a police operation at Christmas 2018 in the Lübeck prison and data on crimes in the state accommodation for refugees in Boostedt for the period from December 2018 to February 2019.

He is also said to have passed on three classified chapters of the so-called Repentance Report.

Ex-Interior Minister Klaus Buß (80, SPD) years ago, as a special investigator, investigated allegations made by the media against the police in relation to previous investigations against rockers. It was about allegations of file manipulation and suppression of evidence as well as bullying against investigators.

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According to the Kiel public prosecutor’s office, Nommensen’s purpose in passing on the information was to make the police leadership, whom he hated, look bad. He confirmed that in court. “I wanted to make grievances in police leadership public,” he testified in court at the end of June.

Nommensen, who claims to have worked for the Lübeck police department for more than 20 years, is currently suspended from duty. If he is sentenced to more than a year in prison, he could lose his civil service status and his pension entitlements. A verdict is expected to be announced on August 25th.

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