June 21st, 2008

Harsh criticism on the mild verdict against far-right killers

Erfurt/Berlin – Stephan J. Kramer, Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , has harshly criticised the verdict against far-right extremists who killed an unemployed man and severely injured a punk in January 2003. The main accused has been sentenced to two years on probation. The investigation has lasted five years. In an interview to the Berlin-based daily Tagesspiegel , Kramer said that he was dismayed. "In this case, the life of an unemployed and the health of a punk have obviously been not as important as treating an offender with a relevant criminal record with kid gloves," commented Kramer. The main accused remained free during the investigation in spite of having been on probation and of having had a relevant criminal record at the time of the deed. (21.06.2008)