Earlier this semester, Vox reported on the alleged murder of Georgetown socialite Viola Drath, 91, by her German-born husband, Albrecht Muth, 47. Before his wife’s death, Muth was often seen around Georgetown dressed as the Iraqi brigadier general he claims to be (his outfit included a baton, a cigar and occasionally an eye patch). Muth was arrested after Drath was found dead in the couple’s P Street home from strangulation and blunt-force injuries on August 12, and he is being held without bail until his trial.
At a status hearing in DC Superior Court Friday, Muth accused Iranian secret agents of murdering his wife. According to Patch, Muth told the court, “It is my judgement that my wife’s murder was a hit by Iranian agents.”
Before dismissing Muth’s claim, let’s hear him out. According to Muth, he was working with the Saudi Ambassador to the United States on America’s military engagement with Iran. Muth referred to the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir (possibly at Cafe Milano?) as corroboration for his theory. He requested a closed session of the court to prevent secrets about Iranian and American government agencies, including the CIA, from being revealed.
Muth earlier demanded that his defense attorneys deliver letters to the White House and the Pentagon, requesting relief. At the hearing, he insisted that he needs a U.S. Army major and an Iraqi Air Force captain to join his defense team. Muth continued to insist that his rights under the Geneva Convention, as an Iraqi general, are not being respected. In response to his further incarceration, Muth announced his intention to begin an “unlimited fast”, which would have begun yesterday.
Another status hearing will take place on February 3, and Muth’s trial is scheduled for next October.