Arson attack in Altena: perpetrators free – what happened
A firefighter ignites a housing of asylum seekers in Altena – but the prosecutor sees no political background. What’s happening in the Sauerland? The most important questions and answers.
What happened in Altena?
On Saturday, October 4, the fire brigade was called to a fire in the Sauerland town. The smoldering fire in the attic of the apartment building could be extinguished quickly. In the building of seven Syrian refugees have been accommodated since the previous day, including a pregnant woman. There were no injuries, neighbors had warned the residents in time. When searching for the cause of the investigators came across traces of petrol on the rafters. The suspicion of premeditated arson was confirmed.
Who are the perpetrators?
The switched state security could identify the men behind the attack quickly. A 23 – year-old had asked the police. He claimed to have pushed the guard in nighttime action. However, the main culprit is a 25 – year-old who works just as a firefighter. He has admitted to being penetrated through the basement in the house. Then he turned to the attic, poured gasoline and set fire. Apparently the cable of a fire alarm system has previously been severed.
Fire Alarm System: Cable cut
What is the motive
‘ anger at the arrival of refugees in the living object’ – so the men have confessed, according to police justified their actions at a hearing on 8 October. Both live in the direct vicinity of the refugee shelter. As the Markische newspaper publisher reported, citing investigators, the men were not intoxicated. The act was probably not planned well in advance. A former instructor explained the 25 -year-old firefighter have a’ problem with authorities’ and had noticed in his service not just by exemplary behavior.
How the prosecution react?
Here it gets complicated. Because the prosecutor Bernd Maas concludes from the testimony of the men:’ background is a personal conviction, not political.’ A right-wing motive he did not recognize at the arson attack. The two men were set free again after their survey. According to the police were’ secondary grounds for detention’ not before. Both men came from stable social conditions.
attic after the attack: fire was extinguished
? What must the perpetrators now fear
If the public prosecutor after the investigation bring an indictment, this is likely to be denominated in arson – not on attempted murder. The 25 -year-old was suspended from duty with immediate effect, his dismissal is imminent.
How the policy respond?
The Greens Bundestag member Omid Nouripour had the decision of the prosecutor’s office sharply criticized:’ If the prosecution downplayed such acts, then soon finds himself for each lewdness somehow a’ declaration” he said of the’ Bild am Sonntag’. The parliamentarian Dirk Wiese ( SPD)’ image’ explained in:’ I believe that the assessment of the prosecutor is wrong. Who lighting a house, are in the Syrian refugees who negotiates xenophobic motives.’
Investigators in multi-family house: forensics at the fire
How does Attorney Maas to the sharp criticism?
He defended his decision. On Sunday he told the news agency dpa, it will not be determined for attempted murder because the fireman did not set the fire on the uninhabited attic and the ground floor. The men were also not quite radically, but they would have been afraid of refugees in the neighborhood.’ A right-wing attitude consists of more than xenophobia’, Maas said. attacks in Germany in 2015 Several incidents of arson attacks on refugees further attacks on refugee shelters.legende_117845.legende_item,.legende_117845.legende_item img.legende_117845.legende_item span.legende_117845.legende_item.quad.foot ( max-width: 550px ) / *.dt -mobil.legende_117845.legende_item span * /. Legend 117 845 } dt Source: Amadeu Antonio Foundation and Pro Asyl / own research / dpa
Updated: September 30, 2015
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