Yet another horror rape case in the Bavarian capital Munich, has caused outrage in Germany. Once again, the suspects are foreigners, asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Sadly, it is one of many such cases.
The Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) called the suspects “recognised asylum seekers”.
Five of the men between the ages of 20 and 25 are now in custody. The sixth one is still at large according to BR. The victim is a 15 year old. As reported by the Munich Abendzeitung , she comes from difficult circumstances and lives in a supervised youth facility. She is said to have recently told a caregiver, which brought the case to light.
She had been forced to have sex and had not resisted for fear of beatings and ill-treatment, reported the Abendzeitung.
Five other men – all acquaintances of the alleged perpetrator – also forced the girl on different days in two Munich apartments to have sex. The prosecutor confirmed that the investigation had widened to include other foreigners. “There are several suspects in custody,” prosecutor Florian Weinzierl told the newspaper.
Meanwhile in the city of Bremen, a series of sexual assaults took place at the weekend during a Volksfest. The Bremen police are investigating several foreigners. One of the suspects is a 15-year-old Syrian, police said.
The teenager had assaulted two girls. Members of the public intervened and handed over the Syrian to the police.
On the night of Friday, a 30-year-old Afghan pinned down an innocent woman and groped her crotch and breasts. Witnesses stepped in and arrested the man while awaiting the arrival of the police.
On Saturday, there were more sexual offenses when a 43-year-old Turk sexually assaulted two women. He was also overpowered by passers-by and taken into custody by the police.
During the night of Sunday, three Pakistanis surrounded two women and repeatedly groped and assaulted them. The victims alerted the security service, which handed the men over to the police.
In the city of Freiburg police detectives arrested a suspected serial sex offender, also a “refugee”. The man (28) from Eritrea has been charged with several crimes: three sexual assaults on women as well as sodomy. He is in custody.
“Meticulous forensic evidence and intensive interrogations led to the identification of the alleged perpetrator,” Police Chief Commissioner Laura Riske from the Police Headquarters Freiburg told Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit.
The Eritrean is linked to an assault that took place on May 11, 2018, when a women on the footpath from the tram stop in Runzmattenweg was cycling in the direction of Berliner Allee.
The victim’s screams were heard by another cyclist who came to her aid, but the culprit – between 20 and 25 years old with black skin and hair colour – had managed to escaped.
But his DNA traces could be secured. Thus the investigators of the assault established similarities to other assaults – namely for violations of the animal protection law. The sex offender had already attacked sheep and goats on a Freiburg farm. The animals survived the attacks.
Only a month later, on June 12, the same suspect attacked a 31-year-old woman on the Schlossberg. But he fled after the woman fought back.
And on July 1, he attacked another woman at the central station in Okenstrasse. The woman fought back violently, broke free and could escape. She described the sex criminal as a “possible Afghan”.
Intense witness interrogations have however now led police to the man from Eritrea. He lives in Freiburg and is already known police for personal injury and property offenses. On Friday, the police arrested him. “There has been arrest warrants issued for sexual assault, attempted rape and sodomy,” says Riske.
Despite the rape scourge, Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded action against anti-Islamic expressions in Germany. She spoke at the occasion of the National Integration Prize awarded on Monday in Berlin.
The Chancellor – who has said she will not run again for leader in 2021 – praised the importance of role models for integration. “Germany would be much poorer without its citizens with a migration background. In this spirit, we must not abandon integration and its success.”
Merkel presented the prize of 10 000 Euros to the project “Bridge Construction – Meeting Diversity” during which she also warned against anti-semitism.
The winning programme by the Central Welfare Office of German Jews and the relief organisation IsraAid Germany helps refugees to cope with war traumas. The nomination came from the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Reuters reported.
The integration prize was awarded by a jury. Football pro Sami Khedira, former Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth (CDU) and integration researcher Naika Roroutan were part of the panel.