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Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a series of joggers over the last several months, Bavarian police announced on Wednesday.

Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers
File image of a jogger in a wooded area. Photo: DPA

Since July 2010, a number of female joggers have reported attacks along a trail in the wooded Siebentischwald area in northern Augsburg.

“The perpetrator acted with increasing intensity,” the statement said, adding that the boy faces charges of attempted rape, sexual assault, and bodily harm.

In what police believe was his last assault, the boy reportedly tried to drag a woman into the woods and rape her, but she managed to escape.

Based on the women’s similar reports on the perpetrator’s description, police created a six-person investigative team, which called on potential witnesses to step forward.

A number of tips came in, pointing to the 14-year-old, the statement said.

The boy, who is of prosecutable age, was arrested on Tuesday evening and has confessed to many of the 11 attacks police believe he committed.

Born and raised in Augsburg, the teen is already well-known to police for previous acts of violence and theft.

He will face a youth court, the statement said.

The Local/ka

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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