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Prosecutors reveal details of brutal gang rape of teen outside Düsseldorf

In mid-April a 13-year-old girl was on the way home from the swimming pool when a group of boys dragged her into a forest and repeatedly raped her.

Prosecutors reveal details of brutal gang rape of teen outside Düsseldorf
The outdoor pool in Velbert. Photo: DPA

The horrific crime took place on April 21st in the town of Velbert, North Rhine-Westphalia. But prosecutors only released details about it this week in order to protect the victim, Der Westen reports.

The girl had been with friends in an outdoor swimming pool in the town, which is situated 36 kilometres northeast of Düsseldorf. While she was in the pool a group of young men began to verbally abuse her.

At around 6pm she started to walk home on a path that took her through the forest. At this point a group of eight boys, all aged between 14 and 16, dragged her into the trees and repeatedly sexually assaulted her, filming themselves while they did it.

A group of the boys then dragged her further through the trees. Prosecutors believe it was their intention to carry on their assault.

Fortunately an acquaintance of the girl's family, who was aware that she was missing, was walking through the forest and spotted the boys. She was able to intervene and stop the attack, sending the boys running into the woods.

The woman also immediately informed the police, who started a wide-scale manhunt. Six of the suspected attackers were arrested, but two were able to flee. All of the suspects are of Bulgarian nationality and police believe that the two fugitives may have fled back to their homeland.

“The search is taking place across Europe. We know the names of the suspects,” a prosecutor said in a statement.

Due to the fact that the boys recorded their crime “it should be difficult for them to deny it in court,” the prosecutor said.

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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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