Rainer Schaller, the organizer of the 2010 Love Parade techno festival that left 21 dead and more than 500 injured in a mass panic, said it was high time that those responsible were brought to trial.
Mr. Schaller, 47, the founder and chief executive of the McFit chain of gyms who owns the rights to the Love Parade, told Handelsblatt in an interview that he felt a “moral responsibility” for the disaster.
“We urgently need this trial … and I would even say that if I were sitting in the dock,” he said.
The deaths occurred when people were crushed in an overcrowded tunnel that was the only access to the event in the western city of Duisburg. The victims included people from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, China and the Netherlands.
Despite allegations of gross mismanagement from the families of victims, no members of the city administration, Mr. Schaller’s organizing company Lopavent or the police force, have been brought to trial.
Prosecutors indicted 10 people — 4 employees of the Lopavent and 6 city employees — in February 2014 on charges including involuntary manslaughter and bodily harm.
But a court in Duisburg decided in April that they would not stand trial for lack of a sufficiently strong case to bring to court.
“We just need clarity; we owe that to the victims and their families,” said Mr. Schaller, who was heard as a witness. “What happened in Duisburg wasn’t a natural disaster. People made mistakes there.” He added that his faith in the German justice system had been “sorely dented.”