Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Germany: Why Was the Train Attacker Free in the First Place?

Brokstedt, January 25, 2023 (Reuters)

Recently, we posted on the horrific attack that took place on a German train traveling between Kiel and Hamburg. On January 25, a 33-year-old Palestinian man, identified only as Ibrahim A., began attacking fellow passengers with a knife at a stop in the town of Brokstedt. The attacks continued into the station where police finally overpowered the man. As a result, two teenagers, a 16-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old male, were fatally stabbed and others were injured.

Now it turns out that this young man was an asylum seeker who had previously been in police custody for another stabbing incident. While in custody, he threatened prison personnel with a terrorist attack, referring to Anis Amri, the man who drove a truck into the Berlin Christmas Market in 2016 killing 13 and injuring 67. Despite making this threat, Ibrahim A. was later released from custody without any charges as to the threat, and the rest is history.

This episode is causing a firestorm in Hamburg with critics demanding the resignation of the Justice Senator, Anna Gallina, who allegedly was aware of this threat and withheld the information from her fellow Hamburg Parliamentary members.

The details are below in the German site, Junge Freiheit and translated by Fousesquawk.

Political earthquake in Hamburg

Senator conceals terror threat of the Brokstedt attacker

Germany  07 February 2023

The Brokstedt attacker is released even though he threatened a terror attack in prison. Hamburg's Green (party) Justice Senator conceals this from the Parliament. It is not only Alternative for Germany (AfD) that is demanding consequences.

Hamburg/Brokstedt: In Hamburg, a political earthquake is looming in connection with the murderous attack of the Palestinian, Ibrahim A. The asylum seeker while already in custody for another knife attack, signaled another terrorist attack. However, Justice Senator Anna Gallina (Green Party) concealed this from the members of Parliament.

During her interrogations in the Hamburg Parliament and in the Justice Committee, she didn't mention one word on this. At that time, the statements of the 33-year-old were already known. It was first during a question by the DPA (German Press Agency) that the incident became public. Accordingly, in August (Ibrahim) A. told prison officers, " There is not only one Anis Amri. There are several. I am also one". Amri in 2016, used a truck to kill 13 people and injure 67 at the Berlin Christmas Market.

Berlin, December 19, 2016 (Photo: DW)

AfD: Gallina is a total failure"

Prison personnel kept the threat in a "detection sheet" in the personal files of the future murderer of Brokstedt. Allegedly, Hamburg's justice authorities only became aware after the massacre on the regional train. Neither the Senate nor the Security Service (Office for Protection of the Constitution) forwarded this explosive information to the prison management.

The question is whether (Ibrahim) A. should have been released at all and if the two teenagers who were killed on the railway at Brokstedt could still be alive. Hamburg's AfD faction leader, Dirk Nockemann, is sharply criticizing the Justice Senator. "Enough. Everything must be on the table. The Ibrahim A. case is becoming more and more a failure of the Hamburg judiciary. The Green Justice senator is a total failure." (Gallina) stated during the Parliamentary hearings that there were no errors in the dealings with  Ibrahim A. and in the Justice Committee, she withheld important details.

Special session on Brokstedt assassin

Nockemann is asking for a special session of the Justice Committee- as is the CDU (Christian Democrats). Even the ruling parties, the SPD (Social Democrats) and the Greens, are in agreement. Dennis Thering, CDU faction leader, is demanding Gallina's resignation. "If it turns out true that Ibrahim A., while in custody, was able to threaten attacks and in spite of that was set free without consequences, then Justice Senator Gallina, in the end, can no longer hold on." 


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