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Germany: Interior Ministry refutes regional police's Berlin Christmas market attack allegations

0 15.11.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Steve Alter, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "On November 14, 2019, an employee of the State Criminal Police Office North Rhine-Westphalia (LKA NRW) gave a few statements as a witness before the investigative committee of the 19th legislation period of the German federal government about the collaboration between the Federal Criminal Police Office [BKA] and the LKA NRW, before the attack [on the Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market]."
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SOT, Steve Alter, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "The German Interior Ministry is giving the following statement. Firstly, the witness said before the investigation committee that he verbally requested to take over the processing of the issue via the BKA, which was apparently denied by the BKA. On that point, I am making a declaration on behalf of the BMI [the German Interior Ministry] that a request to take over the processing of the issue by the LKA NRW from the BKA never existed."
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SOT, Steve Alter, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "Secondly, the witness also said before the committee that an official from the Federal Criminal Police Office said on the sidelines of a meeting at the Federal Attorney General on February 23, 2016 that an informant of the LKA for North Rhine Westphalia, who at that time pointed out the danger of the person who would become the attacker, Anis Amri - in inverted commas - 'does too much work'. On that point, I am making a declaration on behalf of the BMI that such a statement from the side of the official has never been made neither in word nor in a general sense. Furthermore, a private conversation between both of them never happened."
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SOT, Steve Alter, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "Thirdly, according to the witness, the aforementioned official from the BKA mentioned in a private conversation that this view would be supported - in inverted commas - 'from the very top'. When questioned about it, the witness said that according to his notes, he took down the name of the present group leader of the BKA as well the name of the Interior Ministry. On that point, I am making a declaration on behalf of the BMI that such a statement from the official of the BKA was never made."
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SOT, Steve Alter, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "The entire complex case which has been put into a certain light by the statement of the witness will, of course, be intensely investigated, and if there are any results which would come to a different outcome, we would, of course, inform you about them."
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SOT, Ulrike Demmer, German Deputy Government Spokesperson (German): "I would like to say the following - from our perspective, the new allegations against Russia are serious. These are serious allegations, and we still view them like before, that the joint investigation team is making a substantial contribution towards the repercussion of the shooting down of the flight MH17, which killed 298 people. We supported the work of the joint investigation from the onset."
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SOT, Ulrike Demmer, German Deputy Government Spokesperson (German): "We share the same opinion as the Dutch government and other supporting governments that the people responsible for the crime of shooting down of MH17 have to be investigated and brought to justice. And, of course, is it like that, that Russia should work constructively towards the resolution of this crime as well."
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SCRIPT
The German Interior Ministry refuted the allegations raised by the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine-Westphalia (LKA NRW) that an employee of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) had hindered investigations related to the 2016 Breitscheidplatz Christmas market attack.
Speaking at a Federal Press Conference (BPK) in Berlin on Friday, German Interior Ministry Spokesperson Steve Alter stressed that the statement "has never been made" by an BKA official that an LKA informant was causing 'too much work', adding that "a private conversation between both of them never happened."
Alter also denied the allegation that the view was supported 'from the very top', noting that such a statement "was never made."
On Thursday, a chief detective was questioned as a witness before the investigative committee, where he raised allegations against BKA, the Interior Ministry and the Berlin police.
A total of 12 people were killed and dozens more injured when Tunisian national Anis Amri seized a truck and drove it into the crowd on December 19, 2016. Amri was later shot dead during a police raid in Italy.