It is shocking to know how many people are wrongfully committed to an asylum. But have you heard about Gustl Mollath’s story?
Gustl Mollath was committed to an asylum for seven years for accusing his wife of being involved in a Swiss bank’s money laundering conspiracy. Authorities thought he had a paranoid personality disorder.
The Mollath Affair
In 2006, a 56-year-old German named Gustl Mollath was committed to psychiatric care. Court experts diagnosed Mollath with a paranoid personality disorder when he claimed that his wife and other staff of the HypoVereinsbank, or the HVB, have been committing money laundering. (Source: The Guardian)
Mollath, a German vintage car dealer, soon found out that his wife, an assets consultant in the bank, maybe conducting illegal transactions involving sending and hiding some Germans’ undeclared income in a Swiss account facilitated by HVB. These transactions can be constituted as a form of tax evasion and money laundering.
Mollath reports what he uncovers but was responded to by his wife filing a case against him, claiming that he is an abusive husband and was known to slash tires on cars of other people. Mollath claims innocence and further states that his wife is trying to nullify his reports of money laundering. (Source: WTW)
Dubbed as the Mollath affair, the case did not turn out well for Mollath. The judges ruled him with paranoid personality disorder, and he was committed to a psychiatric unit in Bayreuth.
In 2013, Mollath was released by the Bavarian high court in light of new evidence that surfaced the same year. A 2003 audit report on HVB suggested that money laundering and tax evasion were practiced by several bank employees, including his wife. (Source: The Mercury)
Dr. Wilhelm Schlötterer, a German administrative lawyer and author, published State crimes – the Mollath case. The deliberate crime against Gustl Mollath between millions of black money, cover-up, and the role of the CSU in 2021. (Source: Amazon)
Schlötterer, former minister to the Ministry of Finance in Bavaria, was known to openly question and disagree with the so-called big-headed figures of the state. Schlötterer was concerned that prominent people with strong ties to the state’s governance often receive special treatment, especially concerning paying taxes.
Over the years, Schlötterer wrote to different members of the state parliament. He pointed out internal grievances. With this, he was transferred to a district tax office and was subject to disciplinary proceedings.
It was also reported that due to Schlötterer’s actions, he was denied promotion. Soon after, he left his post in the ministry, turned to write about several issues he uncovered, and has shared these openly.
Schlötterer is a known supporter of Mollath, highlighting the extreme injustice prevalent in the Mollath affair. Among many others in opposition to the current parliament, he has voiced out their disgust in how the case was handled. This, in turn, sparked an interest to reopen the case of Mollath, along with the additional evidence that came to light in 2013. (Source: Anstageslicht)