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Car park murder cops arrest another teenager

After the embarrassment of holding the wrong man for three days, police hunting the killer of a young girl in northern Germany have arrested another suspect – with reports that his DNA matches traces found at the scene of the crime.

Car park murder cops arrest another teenager
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“We’re not talking about circumstantial evidence anymore, but of a DNA match, of hard, incriminating evidence,” public prosecutor Bernard Südbeck investigating the case in Emden told the Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.

The paper said police created an identikit picture from detailed descriptions given to them by passers-by who claimed to have seen a man dressed in black at the car park in the town’s city centre where the 11-year-old girl Lena’s body was found.

The 18-year-old was taken into custody on Saturday and a DNA sample taken, which led prosecutors to apply to a court to hold him in investigative custody.

Meanwhile, another teenager who was arrested last week and then released has fled the area with his family and is currently under police protection after violent threats against him were posted on the internet.

Südbeck has said he regretted having arrested the wrong man, but defended the police as having acted “highly professionally,” in the paper on Sunday.

DPA/The Local/jlb

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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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