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Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges

The father of the boy who killed 15 people in Winnenden last spring faces charges of negligent manslaughter for not securing the gun his son used in the rampage, the Baden-Württemberg state justice ministry in Stuttgart confirmed on Thursday.

Tim Kretschmer's father faces criminal charges
Photo: DPA

Tim Kretschmer took a high-calibre weapon on March 11 from his father’s bedroom and shot people at his former school and outside a mental health clinic where he had been treated.

Now his father faces 15 counts of negligent manslaughter and 13 counts of negligent bodily harm, Chief Public Prosecutor Klaus Pflieger said.

The public prosecutor’s office had initially planned on an order of summary punishment for Kretschmer’s father, which would usually carries a light sentence of one-year probation.

Pflieger declined to offer more details on the case.

The motive behind 17-year-old Kretschmer’s actions – which included killing nine pupils, three teachers and another person outside the clinic, then hijacking a car and shooting two other people at a car dealership – remains unknown.

Kretschmer turned the gun on himself during a shoot-out with police around 30 kilometres from the school.

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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