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Lina E. in court

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The Higher Regional Court of Dresden had imposed a prison sentence of several years against the left-wing extremist Lina E. Now, after two and a half years in pre-trial detention, Lina E. has been released for the time being. The arrest warrant against them will be suspended against conditions, said Hans Schlüter-Staats, presiding judge of the State Protection Chamber at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden, at the end of the verdict.

She will not have to serve the remaining sentence until the verdict becomes final. The 28-year-old was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for membership in a criminal organization, among other things.

She now has to report to the police twice a week, is only allowed to change the place of residence noted in the file with the consent of the court and must also surrender her identity card after her passport.

The Higher Regional Court had convicted the alleged left-wing extremist Lina E. for several attacks on right-wing extremists. It allowed revision.

While the verdict in the extremism trial against Lina E. was still underway at the Higher Regional Court, sympathizers marched through the Saxon capital in the evening. The police initially did not provide any information on the number of participants, a reporter from the German Press Agency estimated them in the low hundreds. The demonstrators held banners with the inscription »Free Lina«. Similar demonstrations had been called in numerous German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig.