Mehmet Daimaguler

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Mehmet Daimagüler, panel discussion on June 9, 2014 as part of the cultural festival "Birligte - 10 years after the nail bomb attack in Keupstrasse"
Mehmet Daimagüler, victim attorney at the NSU trial in 2013

Mehmet Gürcan Daimagüler (born January 16, 1968 in Eiserfeld - Niederschelden , today Siegen ) is a German lawyer , columnist and author . The business lawyer , management consultant and former politician was temporarily a member of the Federal Board of the FDP and honorary chairman of the Liberal Turkish-German Association from the 1990s . As of 2012, he has been involved in the NSU trial as a representative of the accessory prosecution .


The son of Turkish migrant workers attended elementary, secondary and advanced school in Siegen and passed the high school diploma. Afterwards Daimagüler studied economics , law and philosophy at the University of Bonn, among others . During his studies he was a member of the Corps Guestphalia Bonn and Corps Guestfalia Greifswald from 1990 . He earned a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School .

Between 1989 and 1996 he was the assistant to the FDP politician Gerhart Baum , the FDP MP Wolfgang Kubicki and the Bundestag Vice President Burkhard Hirsch in the German Bundestag . In 1996 Daimagüler was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New York. In 1997 he was elected to the federal executive committee of the FDP. In 2007 he resigned from the party.

On February 21, 2008, he was admitted to the bar by the Berlin Bar Association.

As "Regional Head Middle East and Africa" ​​Daimagüler worked for Conergy from Hamburg, which is active in the renewable energies sector. Daimagüler published columns regularly, including in the daily newspapers Die Welt , taz and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung .

After he had initially expressed himself very positively about the support from teachers and especially a neighbor of the family, his book No beautiful country in this time was published in 2011 , with which he wanted to clear up the fairy tale of the failed integration . Frauke Hunfeld vom stern rated it as a “Thank you to the grandmother Philippines of this country, who cooked for and protected the many war widows in Kreuzberg back buildings, in Stuttgart, in Siegerland, who looked after the little Mehmets and Leylas, because children are children, no matter where from they come, and because they have learned their own lessons from a devastating war. ” Der Spiegel, on the other hand, focused more on the critical approach that Daimagüler pursues in his work: A successful immigrant here“ distributes against the state and society. Because one experience connects the lawyer with millions of migrants, with entrepreneurs, directors and the vegetable sellers in Neukölln. He feels like an outsider in Germany. "

In 2012 and 2013, Daimagüler, in his role as victim lawyer in the NSU trial, was a frequent discussion partner, primarily for the German and Turkish media.

In a temporary online guest post in 2015, he repeated his complaint about the feeling of exclusion and demanded more humility from the Federal Prosecutor's Office .

In 2015, Daimagüler was a lawyer for the co-plaintiffs in the Lüneburg Auschwitz trial against Oskar Gröning . Daimaguler also represents the accessory prosecution in the case of the Altena arson attack .

Memberships and honors

The World Economic Forum in Davos named him in 2005 at the initiative of Gerhard Schröder to the Young Global Leader .

Daimaguler is a member of the Atlantic Bridge . Ignatz Bubis had proposed him there as a “Young Leader”.

The Harvard Kennedy School honored him in 2010 with the “Emerging Global Leader Award” formerly known as the “Rising Star Award”.

In November 2017, the German-Turkish Forum Stuttgart awarded Daimagüler the Manfred Rommel Prize for its commitment to equal opportunities and against structural racism .


  • Not a beautiful country at this time. The fairy tale of failed integration. Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2011, ISBN 978-3-579-06694-3 .
  • The injured in criminal proceedings. Beck, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-406-70220-4 .
  • Indignation is not enough! Our state has failed. Now it's our turn. My plea in the NSU trial. Bastei Lübbe, Cologne 2017, ISBN 978-3-7857-2610-5 .
  • Co-author: Munich Commentary on the Code of Criminal Procedure. Volume 3/1: §§ 333-499 StPO. Beck, Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3-406-71704-8 .
  • with Ernst von Münchhausen: Inadequate. Behind the walls of German prisons. Blessing, Munich 2019, ISBN 978-3-89667-608-5 .


Web links

Commons : Mehmet Daimagüler  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Author entry in No beautiful country at this time. The fairy tale of failed integration. Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2011, ISBN 978-3-579-06694-3 ( limited preview in the Google book search)
  2. Kösener corps lists . 48, 1996, p. 207
  3. Official lawyer directory of the BRAK under "Info"
  4. Press release from Conergy AG ( Memento from June 23, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  5. ^ Columns of Daimagülers ( Memento from December 19, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) in the online offer of Die Welt
  6. Andrea Seibel: Wine yes, pig no: The flagship Turk Mehmet Daimagüler
  7. At some point the word breakdown is no longer enough . Interview on, September 20, 2012
  8. I indict. In: The time. November 12, 2015
  9. Plea: What is this procedure for? In: The time . July 16, 2015, accessed April 15, 2016
  10. Henning Ernst Müller Main hearing on the arson attack in Altena - still no political motive? on Beck blog
  11. The Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis - why the anti-Russia campaign is essential for the Atlantic Bridge on, May 28, 2016
  12. Lisa Becker: A dream of integration. In: FAZ. May 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Emerging Global Leader Award on the Harvard Kennedy School website
  14. ^ Manfred Rommel Prize 2017 of the German-Turkish Forum Stuttgart