Ger­ma­ny’s se­cu­ri­ty chief de­mands ans­wers af­ter ter­ror sus­pect’s jail de­ath

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

GER­MA­NY - Ger­man of­fi­ci­als ha­ve de­mand­ed ans­wers af­ter a 22-year-old Sy­ri­an man sus­pec­ted of plan­ning an Isla­mic ex­tre­mist bom­bing at­tack was ab­le to ta­ke his own li­fe in his jail cell des­pi­te in­di­ca­ti­ons he might be a sui­ci­de risk.

Ger­ma­ny’s top se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­ci­al, the in­te­ri­or mi­nis­ter, Tho­mas de Mai­zie­re, said Ja­ber Al­bakr’s de­ath would ma­ke the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to whe­ther he had ac­com­pli­ces in the th­war­ted plot far mo­re dif­fi­cult. “What hap­pe­ned last night de­mands a very quick and com­pre­hen­si­ve ex­pla­na­ti­on,” he said on ZDF pu­blic te­le­vi­si­on. Al­bakr’s la­wy­er, Alexan­der Hueb­ner, told Fo­cus ma­ga­zi­ne that the Leipzig pri­son was awa­re his client was a sui­ci­de risk. “I’m un­be­lie­va­bly shock­ed and ab­so­lu­te­ly speechless that so­me­thing li­ke this could ha­ve hap­pe­ned,” he said. Hueb­ner told Bild news­pa­per his client had ap­pa­rent­ly ma­de an ear­lier at­tempt to kill himself in jail. Wolf­gang Bos­bach, a se­ni­or mem­ber of chan­cel­lor An­ge­la Mer­kel’s par­ty and a se­cu­ri­ty ex­pert, told n-tv that, gi­ven his be­ha­vi­our, Al­bakr should ha­ve been un­der con­stant ob­ser­va­ti­on. “The sui­ci­de danger was known. It was not just an as­sump­ti­on,” Bos­bach said. Al­bakr kil­led himself in his cell on Wed­nes­day eve­ning. Saxo­ny sta­te au­tho­ri­ties we­re al­rea­dy fa­cing cri­ti­cism af­ter Al­bakr elu­ded po­li­ce as they pre­pa­red to raid an apart­ment whe­re he had been staying in the ci­ty of Chem­nitz on Sa­tur­day. In­si­de the apart­ment po­li­ce found high­ly vo­la­ti­le ex­plo­si­ves and a ho­me­ma­de bomb vest. Al­bakr, who had been gran­ted asylum af­ter co­ming to Ger­ma­ny last year, was ar­re­sted on Mon­day in Leipzig af­ter three fel­low Sy­ri­ans tied him up and aler­ted po­li­ce. He had been gran­ted asylum af­ter co­ming to Ger­ma­ny last year, and had been un­der sur­veil­lan­ce by Ger­man do­mestic in­tel­li­gen­ce sin­ce last month. Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, De Mai­zie­re said Al­bakr had un­der­go­ne a se­cu­ri­ty check last year that did not turn up any­thing sus­pi­cious. “The­re was a check against se­cu­ri­ty au­tho­ri­ties’ da­ta in 2015, but wit­hout any hits,” he said. “It’s not clear when he was ra­di­ca­li­sed.” Ger­man au­tho­ri­ties ha­ve said they be­lie­ve Al­bakr had links to the Isla­mic Sta­te mi­li­tant group and was thought to be plan­ning to at­tack a Ber­lin air­port, pos­si­bly as soon as this week. (The­gu­ar­di­an.com)

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