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Germany: Berlin police caused 'rebellion' in case of alleged sexual abuse of 13 y/o - lawyer02:44

Germany: Berlin police caused 'rebellion' in case of alleged sexual abuse of 13 y/o - lawyer

Germany, Leipzig
January 24, 2016 at 14:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

The lawyer of a 13-year-old girl alleged to have been the victim of sexual abuse said the recent protests against the Berlin police is the result of the "inappropriate conduct" of its officers. He made the comments as he explained the Russian-German family's point of view during an interview in Leipzig, Sunday.

The 13-year-old told the police that she was sexually abused by three "foreigners" earlier in January, but police stated that there was no evidence of an abduction or rape following the accusations. Lawyer Alexej Danckwardt stated however that "she was sexually abused by several men and she was beaten." He added that police responded in a way "you absolutely cannot do with victims of sexual abuse," by allegedly saying they did not believe the girl's version of events.

"We will in any case constructively accompany the police investigations and depending on what comes out of these investigations, we will take a position in later proceedings towards the public prosecutor's office and the court," Danckwardt stated.

The teenager went missing earlier in January, with her parents alleging that she was kidnapped by three "southern" men who spoke "broken German." Her family later told police that during the 30-hour period that the teenager was missing, she was repeatedly beaten and raped.

The Berlin-Marzahn-based family filed a missing persons report after the teenager's disappearance from Mahlsdorf train station on January 11. Locals found her the next day in Hellersdorf, where her parents picked her up and contacted local law enforcement, telling them the girl's story. However, after police questioned the teenager without her family, she reportedly changed statements.

Following a medical examination of the girl, State Criminal Police Office (LKA) released a statement saying that there were no signs that the teenager had been either abducted or raped. The parents have since stated that she was pressured by police to change her statement.

Germany: Berlin police caused 'rebellion' in case of alleged sexual abuse of 13 y/o - lawyer02:44
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The lawyer of a 13-year-old girl alleged to have been the victim of sexual abuse said the recent protests against the Berlin police is the result of the "inappropriate conduct" of its officers. He made the comments as he explained the Russian-German family's point of view during an interview in Leipzig, Sunday.

The 13-year-old told the police that she was sexually abused by three "foreigners" earlier in January, but police stated that there was no evidence of an abduction or rape following the accusations. Lawyer Alexej Danckwardt stated however that "she was sexually abused by several men and she was beaten." He added that police responded in a way "you absolutely cannot do with victims of sexual abuse," by allegedly saying they did not believe the girl's version of events.

"We will in any case constructively accompany the police investigations and depending on what comes out of these investigations, we will take a position in later proceedings towards the public prosecutor's office and the court," Danckwardt stated.

The teenager went missing earlier in January, with her parents alleging that she was kidnapped by three "southern" men who spoke "broken German." Her family later told police that during the 30-hour period that the teenager was missing, she was repeatedly beaten and raped.

The Berlin-Marzahn-based family filed a missing persons report after the teenager's disappearance from Mahlsdorf train station on January 11. Locals found her the next day in Hellersdorf, where her parents picked her up and contacted local law enforcement, telling them the girl's story. However, after police questioned the teenager without her family, she reportedly changed statements.

Following a medical examination of the girl, State Criminal Police Office (LKA) released a statement saying that there were no signs that the teenager had been either abducted or raped. The parents have since stated that she was pressured by police to change her statement.

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