Why is this sex criminal not in jail?

Why is this sex criminal not in jail?


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2020

The former head of the Munich Academy for Music Siegfried Mauser was sentenced in 2018 to two and a half years in prison for crimes against women colleagues. The sentence was upheld on appeal last October. Mauser, once a pianist of international repute, was ordered to begin his sentence on January 13.

He ought to be inside.

Instead, he’s at his second home in Salzburg, waving an Austrian passport for immunity.

He has no intention of serving a single day if he can help it.

Still, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung is on his case. Read here.



  • Robert von Bahr says:

    A prima facie case not to allow double citizenship. Why should Mauser and others be allowed to have double votes for EU elections? It is simply undemocratic. Let’s hope the Germans start proceedings to get him out of his hole, the sooner the better.

  • The reason Mauser is not behind bars is the same reason former SS members and the like are not behind bars. Germany bleibt Germany

  • Mauser’s Austrian citizenship does not grant him immunity, though he would have the right to go to an Austrian prison instead of a German one. (I don’t know if the law still exists, but those given professorships in Austria are also granted citizenship.)

    According to the Süddeutscher, Mauser is trying to hold off until the German Supreme Court makes a ruling on some legalities involving rape cases. Any changes are very unlikely to acquit him, and he is only putting himself into a greater financial hole. He has already been through several trials and lost all of them.

    If the Supreme Court doesn’t help him, the Süddeutscher reports that he plans to appeal for a pardon from the Bavarian parliament.

    If needed, the District Attorney in Munich plans to prepare an extradition.

    The paper reports that the uncertainty of all of this has caused the victims additional stress.

  • Gisela Gluch says:

    IMHO your coverage of the Mauser story focusses a bit too much on „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ a once prestigious newspaper that turns more and more into a tabloid.

    Germany’s most renowned criminal justice journalist Gisela Friedrichsen tells a far more balanced version in her various articles in the „Welt“ (a newspaper that is published in Berlin and keeping distance to the Munich swamp) :



    She does not say that Mauser is innocent but she states that there are so many inconsistencies harming the victims (!) and harming Mauser that it is highly probable that the case will be reviewed by the Federal Constitutional Court.
    This might take ages and most likely it will not save Mauser from imprisonment but the whole story might take a surprising twist.

    • Brettermeier says:

      Berating SZ and linking to the Welt. You‘re funny. 🙂

    • Gabriele says:

      Maybe he is innocent. But two orders ruled him guilty . If according to German law such decisions are executive, he should go to jail, now. No discussion. Otherwise we would pretend to change the law for our friends and against our enemies.

  • Dante says:

    Extradition treaties between EU members are not necessary since the introduction of the European Arrest Warrant in 2002/2004. However, there is a problem with EAWs in Germany. Until last year, they were issued by prosecutors. But in May 2019 the European Court of Justice ruled that EAWs must be issued by courts. This is a more complex and lengthy process and this guy is probably benefitting from the delays involved. But eventually the court in Munich will issue the warrant and he’ll be sent back to Germany. His Austrian passport won’t do him any good when this happens, as precisely the EAW was created to prevent European citizens from escaping justice this way.

    • christopher storey says:

      He will not be sent back to Germany. Austria is one of about 3 members of the European Union ( Germany is another ) who will not extradite their own nationals to another country under a European Arrest warrant . If he had been, say, French but living in Austria, then extradition would have been possible, but since he has Austrian citizenship, extradition will not occur

  • Karl says:

    Mauser’s case has been controversial in Germany. Many people have publicly taken his side. It’s on his wiki page. “…poet and writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger claimed that a professor had taken revenge after Mauser had blocked (or at least not promoted) her career: “Ladies whose advances are rejected are like treacherous anti-tank mines. Their thirst for revenge should never be underestimated.”