It surprised me to receive an envelope from the same address that Alfred resides at, so it was with great curiosity that I dove into the letter. What I found made me speechless. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
If ever there was a story about one man that is a microcosm of the world we live in, it is that of Daniel Alexander Strele. Little story? Not at all! This one changed his life forever.
I have received permission to publish it.
Alfred asked me to write you a letter and I gladly will do so.
But let me first introduce myself briefly. (I am not native in english, so please do excuse the mistakes I will likely make) [thanks Daniel, your English is excellent, but I will take the liberty to make a few little corrections~MS]
My name is Daniel and I’m one of Alfred’s fellow inmates. I am in prison since 5th March 2018.
I worked in a Liechtenstein based private bank.
Germany was accusing me of laundering money and tax evasion.
I got sentenced to 5 years and 2 months prison.
Once the trial was over, Germany wanted to send me to Austria to serve my time in an Austrian prison. I have an Austrian and a Swiss citizenship by the way. Within this process of sending me to Austria, the supreme court in Vienna had to review my case. They came to the conclusion that I should not be in prison and that I am completely innocent. In a phone call with my lawyer the Austrian judge who was reviewing my case said:
I have seen many absurd cases from Bavaria, but this is a totally new level of stupidity!
So of course the Austrian judge agreed to take me. But he also had to inform the German prosecutor, that once I set foot on Austrian grounds, I will be a free man because there will be no legal basis to keep me incarcerated.
What do you think happened? Make an educated guess! The German prosecutor drew back his application to the Austrian supreme court. Of course we are appealing the decision of the German prosecutor since it was him in the first place who wanted to send me to Austria. But once he realized that he will not be happy with the outcome he was back pedaling.
So this is my status quo – not very satisfying!
Alfred read the prosecutors statement and I think he couldn’t believe it himself.
I had a few talks with Alfred and I told him about my many experiences in my past with jewish people and he asked me to write it down (for you).