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#41 BansheeOne

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 0919 AM

The Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigations presented their report on organized crime in Germany for 2015 today. There was a total of 566 investigations, very similar to 2014 with 571. By far the most (208) were linked to drugs, mostly cocaine and cannabis, followed by property offenses (84), economic offenses (67), tax and customs offenses (51) and human trafficking (46). Total damage was 424 million Euros, less than the 539 million in 2014, and far less than the high of 1,122 million in 2012; the decrease is due to individual cases with exorbitant sums in earlier years, mostly economic and tax/customs offenses. In 35 percent of cases perpetrators made criminal gains for a total of 230 million Euro, compared to 40 percent and 335 million in 2014. 65 million Euro's worth were impounded, also less than the 90 million in 2014, by far most of it linked to economic crime.

 

As before, ca. 80 percent of crimes are committed by international gangs. Of 8,675 suspects, 3,007 were German, followed by 990 Lithuanians :blink:, 841 Turks, 445 Poles, 413 Romanians, 255 Italians, 164 Russians, 150 Dutch, 140 Serbs, 132 Syrians and 110 Georgians. German-dominated groups are mostly found in economic crime where they make up 57 percent of the total, as well as drugs (42 percent). Turkish-dominated groups are also common, though slightly descending, in drugs (13 percent), and prevalent in human trafficking along with Syrians. Italians are traditional as ever, mostly doing drugs, counterfeit money, money laundering and tax fraud. Poles are mostly into property offenses like serial burglarizing and, of course, car theft. :D

 

Russian-Eurasian groups are also doing mostly property and drugs; of those groups, most are dominated by Georgians, followed by Germans, Lithuanians, Russians proper, Latvians, Ukrainians and Armenians. The high number of Lithuanians in recent years can apparently be chalked up mostly to a single investigation into telephone "shock calls" wherein perpetrators attempt to extort money by claiming that a relative of the victim is in dire need of help abroad, going on since 2012 and involving 816 Lithuanian suspects alone.

 

Cybercrime is up and coming with 22 investigations over twelve in 2014, five against German- and four each against Latvian- and Ukrainian-dominated groups. Violent crime like physical extortion is the domain of rocker groups which account for two thirds of a total of 28 investigations, compared to 23 in 2014, as well as prostitution. The German rocker scene is also experiencing increased infighting as Turks and others who were originally used as mercenaries for the dirtiest work are entering the organizations and trying to form their own chapters in conflict with the older German-dominated generation. Recently Aygün Mucuk, the leader of the Hell's Angels' Gießen chapter he had formed over objections from the established Frankfurt chapter, was found well-ventilated by 16 rounds from close range, following earlier shootings.


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 1209 PM

Also in recent years gangs have formed like the Mongols MC. Calling themselves a motorcycle club. But not owning any bikes. Mostly turks and gypsies. And then there is the peculiar case of the "Osmanen Germania". Wearing the usual leather vests, having the usual prospect, member etc. structure, but calling themselves a BC (Boxclub) and not having bikes of course. The founders are from door bouncers and security services.


Oh and an indonesian MC makes inroads from the netherlands. They at least have actual motorbikes. Mostly found close to the netherlands in the rhine-ruhr area.


Going to be interesting times with these leather wearing thugs fighting over turf.
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Posted 17 October 2016 - 0325 AM

File with the demographic information on this thread: 20 percent of kids born in Germany last year had a non-German mother (148,000 of 738,000), a rise from the rather stable 17-18 percent since 1996. Overall, number of births increased by 22,650 compared to 2014, of which 17,280 by mothers with no German citizenship.

 

Addendum: Last year overall fertility rose to 1.5 live births per woman, up from 1.475 in 2014 and an absolute low of 1.243 in 1994. Among German women, numbers rose from 1.42 to 1.43, among non-German women from 1.86 to 1.95. Average age of mothers was 31.

 

https://www.destatis...F33DA62B74.cae1


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 0639 AM

This fits in here, so I'm doing the devolution of a government statement on numbers and status of foreigners in Germany per 30 June this year in reply to a parliamentary inquiry of the Left Party which I need for work here for future reference. The general problem here is that the below categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive, so can't be simply added up for a total; I'm trying to differentiate between legal status and classes of permits to stay in Germany.

 

 

Foreigners with no permit of residence: 3.439 million, of which 2.807 million EU/EEA citizens who don't need one; 2.597 million have been living here for six or more years, 632,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 670,000 Poles, 477,000 Romanians, 280,000 Italians, 233,000 Bulgarians, 170,000 Greeks, 169,000 Hungarians, 152,000 Syrians, 102,000 Croats, 98,000 Spaniards, 86,000 Dutch, 76,000 Austrians, 75,000 French. The non-Europeans would be mostly cases who have not yet managed to file an application for asylum/refugee status due to the system still being clogged from last year, often unaccompanied minors, and merely are

 

persons with preliminary permits to stay: 461,000, of which only 1,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 131,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 116,000 Syrians, 80,000 Afghans, 51,000 Iraqis, 18,000 Pakistanis, 17,000 Iranians, 14,000 Russians and undetermined each,  13,000 Eritreans and Albanians each, 12,000 Somalis, 11,000 Nigerians and 7,000 Kosovarians; there are also

 

persons dispensed from the requirement of having a permit to stay: 71,000, of which 61,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 16,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 22,000 Italians, 13,000 Greeks, 5,000 French, 4,000 Portuguese, 3,000 Turks, Austrians, Dutch, Spaniards and Poles each, 2,000 Brits and Americans each, and about 1,000 Romanians. Don't ask me why EU citizens show up separately in this category, and what it's all about; it's not explained in the document. My first thought were diplomats and military personnel, but the numbers look weird.

 

 

 

Rejected asylum seekers: 549,000, of which 406,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 62,000 are under age 18. 47 percent still had an unlimited permit of residence by virtue of having stuck around long enough, 35 percent a limited permit, and 19 percent were tolerated or had another status. Top twelve nationalities: 78,000 Turks (a lot of those might be actually Kurds), 69,000 Kosovarians, 51,000 Serbs, 28,000 Afghans, 27,000 Vietnamese, 16,000 Macedonians, 15,000 Lebanese and Syrians each, 13,000 Bosnians, Albanians and Poles (huh?) each, 12,000 Iraqis.

 

Recognized refugees: 365,000, of which 45,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 87,000 are under age 18; 16 percent have an unlimited permit of residence, 68 a limited permit, and another 16 percent are tolerated or have another status. Top twelve nationalities: 222,000 Syrians, 56,000 Iraqis, 20,000 Eritreans, 13,000 Iranians, 11,000 Afghans, 9,000 undetermined, 5,000 Turks (see above), 4,000 Pakistanis and stateless each, 3,000 Russians, 2,000 Sri Lankans and "various Asians" each.

 

Jewish immigrants from the fUSSR: 215,000. No further differentiation.

 

Recognized asylum seekers: 40,000, of which 30,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 4,000 are under age 18; 78 percent have an unlimited permit of residence, 19 percent a limited permit, and two percent are tolerated or have another status. Top twelve nationalities: 11,000 Turks (see above), 6,000 Iranians and Syrians each, 2,000 Afghans and Iraqis each, 1,500 Sri Lankans, 1,000 Kosovarians, and less than a thousand Pakistanis, Poles (huh?), Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Vietnamese; there are also about 500 Czechs. I can only imagine that those Eastern Europeans are old cases from Communist times who have gotten unlimited permits even before their home countries joined the EU and never had their asylum status revoked.

 

Persons who had their asylum/refugee status revoked: 21,000, of which almost all have been living here for six or more years; 77 percent had unlimited residence permits, 18 limited permits, and five percent were tolerated or had another status. Top twelve nationalities: 7,000 Kosovarians, 4,000 Iraqis, 3,000 Turks, 1,000 Serbs and less than a thousand ex Serbian-Montenegrinans, Albanians, ex Yugoslavians, Sri Lankans, ex Serbs, Poles, Syrians and Iranians each.

 

 

 

​Persons who had applied for a permit to stay: 177,000, of which 60,000 had been living here for six years or more, and 23,000 were under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 24,000 Syrians, 19,000 Turks, 9,000 Serbs, 8,000 Iraqis, 7,000 Kosovarians and Chinese each, 5,000 Russians, 4,000 Indians, Bosnians, Americans and Afghans each, and 3,000 Moroccans.

 

Tolerated persons (you really ougtha leave but have family, a helpful doctor certifying that you're too sick, conveniently lost your papers, etc.): 168,000, of which 29,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 56,000 were under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 18,000 Serbs, 15,000 Afghans, 13,000 Kosovarians, 11,000 Syrians, 9,000 Albanians and Macedonians each, 8,000 Iraqis, 7,000 Russians, 6,000 undetermined, 4,000 Bosnians, Turks and Pakistanis each. Note that most of these would be included in the categories above, so don't count on top.

 

Persons with no basis to stay whatsoever who should leave: 53,000, of which 13,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 12,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 7,000 Albanians, 5,000 Serbs, 4,000 Kosovarians, 3,000 Romanians, 2,000 Turks, Macedonians and Boisnians each, and about 1,500 Russians, Poles, Croats, Moroccans and Bulgarians each. Here the Eastern Europeans are probably criminal or welfare cases.

 

Persons with a permit to stay because they should have left but couldn't for typically at least 18 months through no fault of their own: 49,000, of which 34,000 have been here for six or more years and 16,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 7,000 Serbs, 6,000 Kosovarians, 5,000 Turks, 3,000 undetermined, 2,000 Afghans and Bosnians each, about 1,500 Iraqis, Russians, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Macedonians and Armenians each. These might account for a lot of "another status" in the categories above.

 

Persons prohibited to deport for humanitarian reasons (you're not recognized as an individual asylum seeker or refugee, but your home country is still too dangerous to live there): 34,000, of which 16,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 7,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 13,000 Afghans, 2,000 Syrians and Kosovarians each, about 1,000 Iraqis, Turks, Russians and Serbs each, and less than a thousand Somalis, Armenians, Iranians, Bosnians and Congolese each.

 

Persons with a permit to stay issued by state governments for humanitarian or reasons of international law or national interest: 33,000, of which 24,000 have been living here for six or more years and 9,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 7,000 Syrians, 4,000 Kosovarians and Serbs each, 2,000 Turks, Bosnians and Lebanese each, about 1,000 Iraqis, Afghans and undetermined each, and less than a thousand Iranians, Russians and Pakistanis each.

 

Persons with a permit to stay for personal or humanitarian reasons (including crime victims and witnesses): 24,000, of which 5,000 under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 3,000 Libyans, 2,000 Turks and Russians each, ca. 1,000 Saudis, Kosovarians, Serbs and Kuwaitis each, and less than a thousand Lebanese, UAE citizens, Iraqis, Ukrainians and Bosnians each.

 

Persons with a permit to stay issued by the federal government for reasons of national interest: 20,000, of which only 1,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 7,000 were under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 15,000 Syrians, 2,000 Iraqis, and less than a thousand Ukrainians, Russians, undetermined, stateless, Somalis, Eritreans, Iranians, Belorussians, Sudanese and Usbeks each. I suspect these include the various state and federal programs to take in Syrians directly from refugee camps before last year's crisis.

 

Persons with subsidiary protection (variation of "not recognized, but too dangerous at home to deport"): 18,000, of which 4,000 have been living here for six or more years, and 5,000 are under age 18. Top twelve nationalities: 10,000 Syrians, 2,000 Afghans, 1,000 Somalis and less than a thousand Iraqis, undetermined, Eritreans, Iranians, stateless, Russians, Turks, Sudanese and Albanians each.

 

Non-EU citizens with a permit to stay due to legal residence in other EU countries: 17,000, of which almost none have been living here for six or more years. Top twelve nationalities: 4,000 Kosovarians, about 1,500 Macedonians, Albanians and Pakistanis each, 1,000 Bosnians, Indians and Vietnamese each, and less than a thousand Moroccans, Ghanans, Chinese, Nigerians and Turks each.

 

 

I've left out some categories which account only for a couple of hundred or thousands, because it's confusing enough as it is.


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Posted 16 November 2016 - 1710 PM

a private organiser wanted to put stages, food
stands and such for the new year party on the square beteewn cathedral and train station in Cologne. The city stopped this for safety reasons, because of the expected high number of travellers for christmas and new year and the stands standing in the way.

http://www.n-tv.de/p...le18027116.html


meanwhile the city of cologne is recruiting volunteers among its employees to have enough personnel to organise this year's party. Police is planned to have at least 1500 officers deployed.

http://www.ksta.de/k...melden-25109642
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 2009 PM

 

File with the demographic information on this thread: 20 percent of kids born in Germany last year had a non-German mother (148,000 of 738,000), a rise from the rather stable 17-18 percent since 1996. Overall, number of births increased by 22,650 compared to 2014, of which 17,280 by mothers with no German citizenship.

 

Addendum: Last year overall fertility rose to 1.5 live births per woman, up from 1.475 in 2014 and an absolute low of 1.243 in 1994. Among German women, numbers rose from 1.42 to 1.43, among non-German women from 1.86 to 1.95. Average age of mothers was 31.

 

https://www.destatis...F33DA62B74.cae1

 

Was there a birth spike around the first of October?


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 0746 AM

You mean from the total of three cases of completed rape in Cologne, all of which based upon inserting fingers AFAIK? Certainly not last year.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 2121 PM

What was the fnal official number of sexual assaults? What does German law define the various sexual crimes?

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 0524 AM

There was a total of 881 criminal complaints of sexual assaults involving more than 1,200 victims connected to New Year's Eve nation-wide, of which 497 with 648 victims in Cologne, 218 with 351 victims in Hamburg, and smaller numbers in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Bielefeld. Most of these would have been cases of "sexual insult" according to § 185 German Criminal Code:

 

Insult is punished by custodial sentence of up to one year or financial penalty and, if the insult is perpetrated by assault, by custodial sentence of up to two years or financial penalty.

 

To my surprise, and probably many others, there was no specific code for unwarranted fondling etc. at that time; as of 10 November this year, § 184i (sexual harrassment) has been enacted:

 

(1) Anybody physically touching and thereby harrassing another person in a sexually determined way is punished by custodial sentence of up to two years or by financial penalty, unless the act carries a heavier sentence according to other regulation.

 

(2) In especially severe cases, custodial sentence is from three months to five years. An especially severe case usually occurs if the act is perpetrated jointly by several persons.

 

(3) The act is only prosecuted upon complaint, unless the prosecuting authority deems official intervention necessary due to a particular public interest in prosecution.

 

The last line is standard language for (relative) Antragsdelikte in German code which are only prosecuted if the victim lodges a complaint. The reference to "heavier sentence according to other regulation" would be particularly regarding § 177 (sexual assault, sexual coercion, rape):

 

(1) Anybody performing sexual acts on another person against the obvious will of this person, or has them performed by this person, or designates this person for the performance or sufferance of sexual acts on or by a third person, is punished by custodial sentence from six months to five years.

 

(2) Likewise anybody is punished if performing sexual acts on another person or having them performed by this person, or designates this person for the performance or sufferance of sexual acts on or by a third person, if

 

1. the perpetrator takes advantage of the person being unable to form or express an opposing will,

 

2. the perpetrator takes advantage of the person being limited in forming or expressing the will due to a physical or mental condition, unless he has made sure of the acquiescence of the person,

 

3. the perpetrator takes advantage of the moment of surprise,

 

4. the perpetrator takes advantage of a situation in which the person is threatened by considerable malady if resisting, or

 

5. the perpetrator has coerced the person into performing or suffering the sexual act by the threat of a considerably malady.

 

(3) The attempt is punishable.

 

(4) A custodial sentence of not less than one year shall be handed if the inability to form or express a will is due to a sickness or impairment of the victim.

 

(5) A custodial sentence of not less than one year shall be handed if the perpetrator

 

1. uses force against the victim,

 

2. threatens the victim with a present danger for life and limb, or

 

3. takes advantage of a situation in which the victim is rendered defenseless to the action of the perpetrator.

 

(6) In especially severe cases a custodial sentence of not less than two years shall be handed. An especially severe case usually occurs if

 

1. the perpetrator executes intercourse with or has intercourse executed by the victim or performs similar sexual acts on or has them performed by the victim which are particularly degrading, especially if this is connected to penetration of the body (rape), or

 

2. the act is perpetrated jointly by several persons.

 

(7)  A custodial sentence of not less than three years shall be handed if the perpetrator

 

1. carries a weapon or other dangerous tool with him,

 

2. carries another tool or means with him to prevent or overcome the resistance of another person by force or threat of force, or

 

3. brings the victim into danger of a severe damage to health.

 

(8) A custodial sentence of not less than five years shall be handed if the perpetrator

 

1. uses a weapon or other dangerous tool in the act, or

 

2. a) severely abuses or

 

    b) brings into danger of death

 

the victim in the act.

 

(9) In less severe cases of paragraphs 1 and 2 a custodial sentence of three months to three years, in less severe cases of paragraphs 4 and 5 a custodial sentence of six months to ten years, in less severe cases of paragraphs 7 and 8 a custodial sentence of one year to ten years is to be handed.

 

I'm somehow missing the establishment of ten years maximum for paragraphs 4, 5, 7 and 8 before the final paragraph, but I'm not a lawyer, and it's probably stated in a more general part of the code; there is also § 178 (sexual assault, sexual coercion and rape resulting in death):

 

If the perpetrator causes the death of the victim at least recklessly by the sexual assault, the sexual coercion or rape (§ 177), the punishment shall be life or a custodial sentence of not less than ten years.

 

§ 177 was considerably broadened in definition at the same time as the establishment of the new § 184i (sexual harrassment) by introducing the language in paragraphs 2, 4 and 5, stating more clearly that the victim must not necessarily resist verbally or physically for the act to be punishable. This was done as part of the post-Cologne activism, but the problem did not really occur in the events of New Year's Eve; rather it had been a demand by feminists and other proponents to conform to the 2011 Istanbul Convention to prevent and fight violence against women by the European Council for some time (popularly, "no means no"). The events lend some push to it along with a highly-publicized "date rape" case involving a former "Germany's Next Top-Model" contestant - which ended a lot of people including two SPD ministers up with lots of egg on their face after criticizing a court decision that the alleged victim had wrongly accused the alleged rapists, but the subsequent trial involving lots of sex video established that the (female) judge may not have been so wrong.

 

As for actual rapes in Cologne, I had three completed and two dozen attempted cases in my mind, but upon checking find it were five of the former and 16 of the latter; I probably mixed that up because in the parliamentary investigation of the North Rhine-Westphalia state assembly, a representative of a sexual assault victims support organization testified that they had been in contact with two actual, in Whoopie, "rape-rape" victims who hadn't filed criminal complaints, one of which had only called them once though. The other eventually turned out to not even have been in Cologne on New Year's Eve, and having a prior history of fake rape accusations, which delivered a bit of a blow to that support organization. There was also a statement by Cologne prosecutors in January already that one case of a sexual offense had not occurred as claimed, so there's room for some confusion.

 

It has been estimated that about 2,000 perpetrators were involved in events nation-wide. As feared from the start, identifying, much less convicting them proved very hard due to acts being committed from crowds, lack of surveillance images and sparse descriptions by victims; only 120 suspects could be investigated (not including other offenses, mostly theft), and in Cologne only two have been convicted, one for sexual insult, the other for sexual coercion (plus another 20 for theft etc.).


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 1016 AM

What exactly is "sexual insult"?


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 1026 AM

What exactly is "sexual insult"?

 

"You pussy", perhaps?


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 1050 AM

Well, "cunt" would definitely qualify. But "sexual insult" is actually not a proper legal term AIUI. As noted, the old code for insult merely covered sexually insulting behavior by physical action like fondling breasts and butts, too as sort of a catch-all.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 1102 AM

Which made the writing of an extra code for sexually charged insults pointless imho. Insult is insult. "you are dumb" or "you are a dick" are both insults. And I do not think on needs special prominence by elevating it with its own paragraph.
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Posted 19 November 2016 - 0333 AM

As I said, part of the post-Colognial activism, though I always thought that there was separate code for sexual harrassment; turns out this was the 1994 Law for the Protection of Employees from Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace, so not criminal code covering all life situations. Note that punishment is still the same as for insult by physical action, so the only actually new thing is the paragraph about aggravated cases, typically by group action, which is the most obvious reference to the New Year's Eve events, and carries up to one year more.

 

Everything beyond pinching, fondling etc. up to actual rape has always been covered by § 177, even though it had "sexual assault" added to the title in this year's reform. I'm not really sure where the line runs between "harrassment" and "assault", or "touching somebody in a sexually determined way" and "performing sexual acts on another person", as the language puts it; for example, where does, in the immortal words of a current POTUS-elect, "grab the pussy" fall? "Sexual coercion" is much more easily distinguished by overcoming the expressed will of the victim, but after the reform the unexpressed will can also suffice.


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Posted 04 December 2016 - 0257 AM

This actually seems a bonafide rape-murder-by-migrant. When they initially said the suspect had been identified by his unusual hairdo which was matching the color of a single hair found at the scene, I thought it was some less-than-common color like flaming red or bright blond, and therefore likely a native. Good reasoning, but turns out it was dyed a changing hue of blond.

 

German police arrest 17-year-old linked to Freiburg student murder

 

A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a medical student in the southwestern German city of Freiburg. The suspect reportedly came from Afghanistan as an unaccompanied refugee.

 

Freiburg prosecutor Dieter Inhofer confirmed on Saturday that a 17-year-old Afghan had been detained a day earlier. The suspect arrived in Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied asylum seeker. He had since lived with a family.

 

The 19-year-old victim was sexually abused and murdered on the way home from a student party. Her body was found in the Dreisam river on October 16th.

 

According to police, a special commission of 40 investigators found an 18.5-centimeter-long black and bleached blonde hair in a thorn bush, as well as a vital black scarf in the riverbed of the Dreisam - just meters from where the victim's bike was found. During the search, investigators examined three bags full of thorn bushes alone.

 

DNA was found not only on the corpse, but also on the brake and shift levers of an abandoned bike close to the scene, police said.

 

The cause of death was drowning, the head of the special commission, David Mueller, reported.

 

Jogger case still unexplained

 

Investigators also studied video footage from Freiburg's local transport network which showed a suspect with a striking, black undercut hairstyle. The alleged perpetrator has so far remained silent. Whether there was any kind of relationship between him and the victim remains at the center of the investigation.

 

The case of a 27-year-old jogger who was raped and murdered at the beginning of November in Endingen near Freiburg also remains unsolved.

 

"We have no connection to the killing in Endingen," Inhofer said at Saturday's press conference.

 

http://www.dw.com/en...rder/a-36631282

 

Conversely, this is a rape-murder-on-migrant (albeit a Chinese student) that has made some headlines here not just due to the particular callous nature (couple decides to rape random girl because guy needs more sex, abuse her at length and leave her to die, even dragging her to a remote spot when she hadn't the good manners to be gone already when they checked several hours later), but also because the guy's (step-)parents are both police officers; his mother actually interviewed possible witnesses in the search for the missing student, though she was called in from the weekend like many colleagues and likely didn't know of her son's involvement at that point.

 

It remains currently unclear what she knew when she arranged for him to make a statement nearly two weeks later, which quickly evolved from witness to suspect interview; the head of the investigation testified that there was no indication that she had interfered with it. There was also a cock-up in the trial when it turned out after several days that one assessor lay justice had not been sworn in, and they had to start over. That's not gotta be a showcase of German efficiency in criminal prosecution to the victim's parents which are co-plaintiffs in the trial.

 

And to round things out, there's also mention of a possible foreigner-on-foreigner rape in the article below.

 

Couple in dock for rape-murder of Chinese student

 

Published: 25 Nov 2016 14:28 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Nov 2016 14:28 GMT+01:00

 

A German couple went on trial on Friday accused of brutally raping and killing a Chinese student in eastern Germany, in a crime that caused outrage in both countries.

 

The 21-year-old defendants are believed to have lured the 25-year-old architecture student, who had gone jogging in the city of Dessau, to an empty apartment in May this year.

 

The pair, called Sebastian F. and Xenia I. in local media reports, then allegedly raped the woman repeatedly, leaving her with such severe injuries that they assumed she would die in the flat, prosecutors said.

 

When the couple returned hours later and found the victim, identified in media reports as Li Yangjie, still alive, they carried the severely wounded woman away and abandoned her in underbrush.

 

After friends in Germany and China alerted the authorities that she was missing, police organised a search for the woman, who was from the eastern province of Henan. Her corpse was found two days later.

 

An autopsy found she had suffered blows to the head, torso and extremities.

 

Sebastian F. is also accused of two further rapes committed in the summer of 2013 in Dessau which only came to light in the course of the other investigation.

 

Friday's hearing ended after an hour, during which prosecutors read out the charges, court spokesman Frank Straube told AFP.

 

"The two defendants are not addressing the accusations against them for the time being," he said.

 

The victim's parents are co-plaintiffs in the case but were not present in the courtroom on Friday, Straube added.

 

After the murder came to light, hundreds of Chinese students and local residents held a rally in Li's memory to demand justice.

 

Beyond the shock at the brutality of the crime, the case also caused controversy in Germany and China because the mother and stepfather of Sebastian F. are both police officers.

 

The trial is scheduled to last until February. The defendants could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

 

Chinese consulate gives warning about Germany

 

On Wednesday German media reported that the Chinese consulate in Düsseldorf had issued a warning to its citizens to "pay attention to their personal security, particularly in remote areas."

 

According to Der Westen, the statement in Chinese on the consulate website referred to "the current security situation in its area of responsibility" without going into more specific detail.

 

The statement was released after a Chinese student was raped on her way home from university in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, earlier in November.

 

Police are looking for witnesses to the attack, indicating that a woman who was walking her dog and a man who asked the student for directions shortly before the attack could provide clues.

 

The suspect is described as being between 30 and 35 years old, 1.70 metres tall and of Arabic appearance. On Monday police released a photofit of the man.

 

http://www.thelocal....chinese-student


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#56 BansheeOne

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 0746 AM

And to round things out, there's also mention of a possible foreigner-on-foreigner rape in the article below.

 

http://www.thelocal....chinese-student

 

Ah. Police detained a 31-year-old Iraqi living in a refugee shelter with his wife and kids yesterday who is suspected in the rape cases of two Chinese students in Bochum, one attempt in August and one completed in November. Coupled with the Dessau case and the Islamist axe attack on the train near Würzburg in summer which hit mostly Chinese tourists, too, that would make any consulate advise its nationals to "pay attention to their personal security".

 

There was also a weird case where a couple from a Chinese tourist group just vanished without a trace while visting Neuschwanstein Castle in July. Last I heard they were being looked for Schengen-wide after a search of the area came up empty. Might not be a crime though; strangely not any relatives have come forward. Then there was the Chinese tourist who got some of his stuff stolen in Stuttgart the same month, somehow went to the wrong authority to report it in Heidelberg and signed an asylum application rather than a criminal complaint. He was duly registered as an asylum seeker, got his passport taken away and was sent to a refugee shelter in Dülmen, NRW, where staff thought he was somehow different from the rest. After about a week they managed to extract from him "Asylum? I wanted to travel on to France and Italy ..." from him via a Mandarin translation app ...


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 1026 AM

Because chinese totally look like they come from the levante or africa... :rolleyes:



And why do they target chinese for crimes?¿? :blink:
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Posted 06 December 2016 - 2028 PM

Maybe because of the apparent difficulty of them to seek help from the local police.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 0829 AM

I'm filing this here with the other demographic data since it just cropped up after the CDU convention voted to scrap the current dual citizenship regulations (not that there's much chance to find a partner in government who would go along): On 9 May 2011, there were 4.3 million Germans with at least one other citizenship; of which 690,000 Polish, 570,000 Russian, and 530,000 Turkish. There were also 1.5 million Turkish-only, and 800,000 Turkish-descended German-only citizens.

 

In 2015, Turks remained the most often-naturalized nationality at ca. 19,700 (though dropped considerably from 33,200 in 2012), followed by Poles at 5,900 (4,500 in 2012), Ukrainians at 4,200 (3,700 in 2012) and Kosovarians at 3,800 (3,300 in 2012); Iraqis, Italians, Croats, Greeks and Romanians were all between ca. 3,000 and 3,500, followed by Afghans at ca. 2,600 (2,700 in 2012).


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 0848 AM

Maybe because of the apparent difficulty of them to seek help from the local police.


I'd say they most likely look like easy targets because they are generally (sometimes much) smaller than westerners.
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