Munich molester is still on the loose
Siegfried Mauser, the former head of the Munich acaemy of music who was convicted of multiple sex offences against staff and artists, has yet to spend his first night in jail.
Mauser was sentence in May 2018 to two years and nine months for sexual assault.
But by taking refuge in Salzburg and flashing an Austrian passport he has managed successfully so far to stay out of handcuffs.
Mauser, who has powerful friends in the German and Austrian music establishments, is making a mockery of the law.
Here’s how the Abendzeitung presents it:
Actually, Siegfried Mauser should have been serving his prison sentence in Landsberg am Lech since the beginning of the year. In May 2018, the former president of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich was sentenced to a total of two years and nine months in prison for sexual assault in three cases. The Regional Court Munich I considered it proven that Mauser had pushed a singer onto the sofa in his office and, despite resistance, had performed sexual acts on her, which the latter denies.
In October 2019, this verdict was confirmed by the Federal Supreme Court. Mauser’s attorney filed a constitutional complaint. According to information from “Die Welt”, she asked for a stay of detention without formally demanding it. She also announced that, if necessary, she would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
In the meantime Mauser himself went to Salzburg and from there applied for permission to serve his sentence in a local prison. In addition to German citizenship, he also has Austrian citizenship, which he acquired some 30 years ago when he became Professor of Musicology at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. It protects him from extradition to Germany.
Mauser has so far been spared the Landsberg prison as well as the Austrian. In May, a spokesman for the Salzburg Regional Court had told the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” that Mauser had in the meantime been served a writ of execution with a corona-related delay. This decision would be legally binding after two weeks, and after another two weeks, Mauser would have to begin imprisonment.
This deadline has also passed in the meantime. Now the “Salzburger Nachrichten” has made enquiries. Peter Egger, speaker of the Salzburg Regional Court, said on Monday that the convicted man had already been formally heard by the responsible judge on March 9th: “The judge ordered that the prisoner be served an order in Austria on April 24th. The order was served to the condemned man’s lawyers on May 6 and became final on May 20.”
However, the ex-rector is not yet in prison. He has not yet received a request from the Salzburg court to begin serving his sentence on a specific date or within a specific period of time. According to the “Salzburger Nachrichten”, the Salzburg prison is also not yet aware of a concrete upcoming start of his sentence. The head of the prison, Colonel Dietmar Knebel, told the paper: “We have not yet received an open warrant for the case of the person in question.
The Mauser case has been the subject of heated debate since it became known. The pianist has numerous supporters in the Munich cultural scene who want to treat him as a special case, as with letters to the editor of various newspapers, and thus declare him the victim of internal intrigues at the music academy and the #MeeToo campaign. In November, an academic commemorative publication, edited by Dieter Borchmeyer and others, was published to mark the 65th birthday of the pianist, musicologist and music manager, whose preface explained Mauser’s crimes with a “world-embracing Eros that transcends the boundaries of so-called ‘bienséance’”.
The fact that Mauser is attempting to exhaust all legal routes in order to spare himself imprisonment and assert his view of things is not only his right, but, in this case seems to be a matter of course. But conversely, the impression should not be given that here only the minor criminals should be punished, with the more serious criminals being let off as long as they use all the tricks of the trade and have a sufficiently noisy crowd off stage.