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Germany: Suspect in murder of late President Weizsaecker’s son 'mentally ill' - prosecutor

1 21.11.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Martin Steltner, Spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office (German): "We can say that the act came out of a probably delusional general rejection of the family of the victim, that is to say this delusional general rejection against the family. In addition, it has to be said that the accused was questioned in detail on the evening of the act and gave detailed information on the motive, the sequence [of events], and what happened previously. According to this he first did an internet research, became aware of this event in Berlin, travelled from his home in Rhineland, by train, bought a knife beforehand and has, presumably, which has to be said as we are investigating, and committed this act in the Schlosspark clinic. A police officer tried to prevent this from happening, tried to overpower him, in which he succeeded in the end but the officer has been potentially lethally injured. The man was successfully be overpowered eventually, and was arrested and interrogated. He gave us information and yesterday he was medically, psychiatrically examined. What I already suggested was confirmed in this examination: this man is mentally ill and due to this the prosecutor's office did not request a warrant, it did not seek to jail him but rather for him to be accommodated in a psychiatric ward. This accommodation order was requested, accommodation order for murder and attempted murder, and has also been granted according to the application."
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SOT, Martin Steltner, Spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office (German): "We say general rejection of the family of the killed, this has to suffice, we will comment further on details or we would spread the delusional ideas. It also has to be considered, everything is still preliminary, the act happened the day before yesterday evening, which means we are at the start of the investigations."
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SOT, Martin Steltner, Spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office (German): "The man had no prior criminal record and following our current information there are no other known criminal irregularities."
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SOT, Martin Steltner, Spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office (German): "In the investigation process the evidence has to first be put together and then the question arises whether a conviction is likely. This applies equally to the healthy accused as to the accused for which a conviction would not come into consideration because he is psychologically ill, so only a placement in a clinic [is sought]. This is not the question yet, for now it is about clarifying the deed and the question of the punishment will come later."
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SCRIPT
The suspect in the murder of prominent physician Dr Fritz von Weizsaecker, son of late German President Richard von Weizsaecker, has been found to be mentally ill, a spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office said on Thursday in Berlin.
"We can say that the act came out of a probably delusional general rejection of the family of the victim, that is to say this delusional general rejection against the family. In addition, it has to be said that the accused was questioned in detail on the evening of the act and gave detailed information on the motive, the sequence [of events], and what happened previously," said Martin Steltner, spokesperson for the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office.
Authorities have not named the 57-year-old suspect, who is said to have found information on the victim's schedule online, before allegedly buying a knife, travelling to Berlin from Rhineland by train and attacking Weizsaecker while he was giving a lecture at Schlosspark Clinic in Berlin on Tuesday.
The suspect was finally overpowered by an off-duty police officer who was attending the lecture and was "potentially lethally injured" in the process.
Prosecutors have asked for the man to be accommodated in a psychiatric ward rather than being jailed, Steltner said. An investigation is underway to determine how the prosecution will proceed with the case and wager how likely a conviction would be due to his mental state.
Dr Weizsaecker was one of four children of Richard von Weizsaecker, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who served as Governing Mayor of West Berlin from 1981 to 1984 and then as President of Germany from 1984 to 1994 (West Germany 1984-1990; reunified Germany 1990-1994.)