Terrorist attack – Vienna attack trial is partly repeated

The guilty verdicts for murder and terrorist offenses in the terror trial surrounding the Vienna attack on November 2, 2020 are legally binding. The charges of crimes committed by terrorist groups and criminal organizations are being retried.

After the conclusion of the trial against supporters of the Vienna attacker in February 2023, life sentences were imposed for two defendants and long prison sentences for two other men. However, part of the process must now be repeated because the Supreme Court (OGH) has partially overturned the guilty verdicts of five defendants following an annulment appeal. Nevertheless, the convictions for terrorist offenses and involvement in murder remain legally binding. Errors in legal instructions According to the OGH, the guilty verdicts for the crimes of the terrorist group and the criminal organization were overturned. The reason for this was an error in the legal instructions given to the jury and an insufficiently specific formulation of the verdict, according to a statement from the Supreme Court. This did not affect the guilty verdicts for contributing to murder, the terrorist offenses as well as the convictions under the War Material Act and the Weapon law. A jury at the Vienna Regional Criminal Court must now decide again on the indictment aspects of the terrorist organization and the criminal organization that have been annulled.
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