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Woman identifies all three attackers during group rape trial

Three Ethiopian men stand accused of violently raping a women at a carnival in Mühlhausen last year. The woman told the court on Monday that she recognized the men.

Woman identifies all three attackers during group rape trial
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“Each of them raped me three times,” she said during her hours-long statement.

The woman described how the men lured her into a secluded spot near the railway station during the Mühlhausen Carnival at the end of August last year, the Thüringer Allgemeine reports.

The men then repeatedly raped her, sometimes as a group sometimes one after the other, the woman alleged.

She said that she was pushed, beaten, kicked and had her hair pulled during the ordeal.

The men forced her to have unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex, the 28-year-old said.

She described how she had tried to run away before the rape, but that the men had taken away her phone as she tried to call for help. One of the men later used the phone to film part of the crime.

Earlier in the trial, one of the defendants claimed that he had had consensual sex with the woman on the day in question.

“I was very drunk at the carnival and I slept with her once,” said the 23-year-old. Two other men had been there at the time, but not the two co-defendants, he claimed.

The other two men claim to have gone to bed early that night, refuting any connection to the crime.

Prosecutors charge the trio with group rape and bodily harm. They say that the men strangled the woman, beat her and held her mouth closed in order to make her comply.

The case against the men is based on DNA traces found on the woman, and the testimony given by the victim.

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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