Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Picture Credit: CEN
A former Mr Germany on trial for shooting a cop is now divorcing Miss Germany 2000 because he is fed up with her not supporting his far-right political views.
On the 50th day of the high-profile trial against Adrian Ursache, 43, his 40-year-old long-suffering wife, Sandra Hoffmann-Ursache, failed to appear in court as before to support her husband.
According to local media, the reason is that Ursache is now in the process of divorcing his wife, who was crowned Miss Germany two years after he clinched the title of Mr Germany in 1998.
Sandra, who has two sons with Adrian aged 15 and 11, previously defended her husband from the witness box.
However, she never supported her husband’s far-right views, which got him into trouble in the first place, and is now reportedly the reason why Ursache has filed for divorce.
An inmate at the prison where Ursache is being held said: “He read to her a six-page divorce decree that he wrote in his cell.”
Sandra, who had noticably calmed her husband down in the courtroom on several occasions, had previously told the judges: “I do not share his political views”.
The high-profile case is centred on a 500-square-metre plot of land in Reuden in the state of Saxony-Anhalt which the couple bought in 2004.
Due to financial problems, a court recently ordered the foreclosure of the house and property.
However, Ursache reportedly told a bailiff who was sent to the house that he did not recognise his authority and declined to cooperate.
Ursache is believed to be a member of the far-right Reichsburger (‘Citizens of the Reich’) movement, a largely hidden extremist group whose members reject the current German state’s legitimacy and insist that the German Reich’s 1919 pre-Weimar borders remain in effect.
According to local media, he said that any move to take away his property would be met with violence.
On 25th August, 2016, several hundred cops and a specialist SWAT unit raided the property which was reportedly guarded by Ursache and dozens of Reichsburger supporters.
According to prosecutors, Ursache shot a cop in the neck before being shot multiple times in his upper body.
Ursache and the wounded cop both survived.
The prosecutor’s office charged Ursache with attempted murder and resisting arrest as well as violations of weapons law.
However, one SWAT member has already testified that Ursache did not shoot first, although he “was a continuous threat” and had brandished a revolver.
Since then, the defence team has been trying to prove that the whole police operation was unlawful and that the correct eviction date was allegedly not taken into account.
Ursache has claimed in court that he did not fire a single shot and has called for another forensic examination.
The trial is ongoing.