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Tue Mar 13, 2018, 08:26 PM

Berlin police accuse far right of trying to exploit killing

Source: Associated Press


Frank Jordans, Associated Press
Updated 5:15 pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BERLIN (AP) Berlin police said Tuesday they are investigating social media users who spread false information about the killing of a teenage girl in the German capital last week.

The killing of 14-year-old Keira G. in her home sparked a flurry of posts by far-right groups and individuals alleging the crime had been committed by a migrant, and accusing the authorities of hiding the culprit's identity.

Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel called the allegations of a cover-up "absurd," noting that police are forbidden from releasing information if it might endanger an investigation. Even after an arrest, suspects are entitled to privacy protection, especially if they are minors, Wenzel said.

A 15-year-old German suspect in the March 7 slaying was arrested Sunday.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Berlin-police-accuse-far-right-of-trying-to-12750012.php

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