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Berlin: Court proceedings against Berlin police officer
Amtsgericht Tiergarten Berlin
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Proceedings have started against a Berlin police officer before the Tiergarten district court for jointly committed and dangerous bodily harm. He allegedly has attacked an Afghan person in 2017 at S-Bahn station Karlshorst after a soccer game.

At that time, the state security had already started its investigation due to a xenophobic background. Important at this point: The accused officer was until 2016 a member of the "Right-Wing Extremism Investigation Group" (EG Rex), which also investigated the series of attacks in Neukölln.

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Germany police seizes 1,5 tonnes of cocaine worth €300 million
Germany police seizes 1,5 tonnes of cocaine worth €300 million
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Police and customs officers at the Port of Hamburg have seized around 1,5 tonnes of cocaine. The illegal substance was hidden in a cargo container between bags of rice.

The illegal cargo has been found and seized in June already when the container was scanned at the customs office Waltershof and was scheduled to be transferred to a different ship to Poland. The rice on the container ship came from Guyana in South America.

According to estimates, the seized cocaine has a street worth of about €300 million.

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German Federal Police: 57 officers currently suspended
German Federal Police: 57 officers currently suspended
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The federal police have currently suspended 57 officers due to serious violations such as suspicion of sedition or unlawful queries in police systems.

From 2014 to 2019  33 charges and 19 convictions were made, with a total of only 7 police officers removed from the civil service relationship.

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District court Osnabrück: 2 years probation for embezzlement
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A 70-year-old former security firm accountant was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence on Wednesday. She had embezzled around €120,000 between 2013 and 2018 and used the money to pay private bills. Most of the money has been paid back already.

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Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly trained underage girls to be sex slaves, newly unsealed court documents reveal
Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly trained underage girls to be sex slaves, newly unsealed court documents reveal
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According to newly unsealed court documents, Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused underage girls and participated in the sex-trafficking scheme of Jeffrey Epstein.

One victim is quoted to have said that Maxwell "trained me as a sex slave". The documents are part from civil litigation against Maxwell, which was settled in 2015, reveal that Epstein and Maxwell had pressured her into having sex with prominent people such as Prince Andrew, entrepreneurs and US politicians. All accused people have denied the allegations.

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Germany: First suspect in connection with NSU 2.0
Germany: First suspect in connection with NSU 2.0
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A first warrant has been carried out in connection with the investigation into the threatening emails for the right-wing NSU 2.0 network. The apartment of a 63-year-old former police officer has been searched in Landshut (Bavaria). Three illegal firearms were found (1 pump gun and two handguns). The Attorney General's Office is now investigating a violation of the Arms Act.

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1MDB corruption trial sentences ex-PM of Malaysia to 12 years in prison
1MDB corruption trial sentences ex-PM of Malaysia to 12 years in prison
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Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister from 2009 to 2018, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 210 million ringgit (49.3 million dollars). The ruling convicts him of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power related to the state investment fund 1MDB.

Last week, Goldman Sachs and the Malaysian government had reached an agreement regarding the alleged misuse of funds from 1MDB. The US Department of Justice has repatriated hundreds of millions of dollars to Malaysia after recovering assets - such as Picasso artwork and a luxury yacht - it said were purchased to launder money stolen from 1MDB.

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Former Nazi SS member found guilty by court over mass murder between 1944 and 1945
Stutthof Concentration Camp
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In what is expected to be one of the last sentences as survivors and perpetrators of the holocaust are now of an old age, a German former Nazi SS guard has been found guilty. The court ruled that the now 93-year-old man is guilty of complicity in the murder of over 5,000 prisoners of the Stutthof Camp located in the part of Poland that was occupied by Nazi Germany during that time.

The two year prison sentence has been suspended and the man has been tried in a juvenile court as he was 17 during that time. He had been guarding the concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945.

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GEDmatch confirms breach that allowed police to access users' DNA information
GEDmatch site
GEDmatch site

GEDmatch, a DNA analysis site, confirmed Wednesday that a permission change caused a breach that allowed law enforcement agents to search user's DNA information.

The site has an option that allows users to select if their DNA is to be included in police searches, but users reported on Sunday those settings had changed without their permission.

The company send an email to its users, stating: "We became aware of the situation a short time later and immediately took the site down. As a result of the breach, all user permissions were reset, making all profiles visible to all users,"

"This was the case for approximately 3 hours. During this time, users who did not opt-in for law enforcement matching were also available for law enforcement matching, and conversely, all law enforcement profiles were made visible to GEDmatch users."

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Germany: Potsdam city administration sued by "Frag den Staat" transparency initiative
Germany: Potsdam city administration sued by "Frag den Staat" transparency initiative
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In connection with the enforcement of Covid-19 measures by a private security service in Potsdam, the initiative "Frag den Staat" (Translation: "Ask the state") is suing for the release of information and contracts. On the basis of this information, the initiative plans to check the legality of the assigned tasks as it sees possible constitutional violations here. The city has possibly transfered sovereignity rights to the security service without a law basis.

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Germany, Leipzig: Ticket inspector chokes travelers
Germany, Leipzig: Ticket inspector chokes travelers
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A video that was posted online on Twitter during the weekend shows a ticket inspector from Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), who had a man lying on the ground in a stranglehold for more than a minute.

Passersby tried to stop the ticket inspector from doing so, but he only let go shortly before the police arrived. After viewing the video material from the corresponding tram, the LVB initially suspended the employee from duty and condemned the behavior of the employee. Police are investigating.

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Gunman attacks US federal judge Esther Salas family, kill her son
Gunman attacks US federal judge Esther Salas family, kill her son
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In an attack to the family home of US federal judge Esther Sales, her 20-year-old son was shot dead and her husband injured. Investigators said the judge was unharmed.

According to reports the attacker was dressed as a FedEx delivery driver.

The FBI posted a call for informations on Twitter: "The FBI is investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of Judge Ester Salas in North Brunswick Township, New Jersey earlier this evening, July 19. We're looking for one subject & ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information call us at 1-973-792-3001."

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Hesse: Beuth appoints new state police president, focus on NSU 2.0
State Minister of the Interior and for Sports Peter Beuth
State Minister of the Interior and for Sports Peter Beuth Credit: Sven-Sebastian Sajak (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The new Hessian state police president Roland Ullmann and a special investigator are the reaction of the interior minister Peter Beuth to Udo Münch's resignation and the associated data and threat affair surrounding the right-wing extremist NSU 2.0 network.

In addition, the special investigator is to be integrated into the Hessian anti-terrorism center and the IT standards are to be reviewed and reinforced.

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Assistant of Fahim Saleh in custody after death of tech entrepreneur
Fahim Saleh
Fahim Saleh Credit: Fahim Saleh (Instagram)

After being found dead in his condo in Manhattan on Tuesday, law enforcement has detained the assistant of murdered tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh.

The entrepreneur had been found dead and dismembered in his flat with an electrical saw still plugged in. According to the medical examiner, Saleh's death is accounted for as homicide and his body shows stab wounds on the neck and torso.

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Ghislaine Maxwell considered a flight risk, judge denies bail
Ghislaine Maxwell considered a flight risk, judge denies bail
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Ghislaine Maxwell, a close friend and confidante of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been denied bail and has to remain in custody while awaiting her trial as she's considered an "extreme flight". Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty, is expected to go to trial in July 2021.

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Hesse, Germany: State Police President resigns
Udo Münch
Udo Münch Credit: Polizei Hesse (Public Domain)

The Hessian state police chief Udo Münch resigns after a lack of investigation into a right-wing network within the police. In the past threatening emails to lawyers and left-wing politicians in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden have been sent by a network that describes itself as NSU 2.0. Münch has reportedly not investigated the possible connection of illegal data requests made from police computers with the threatening emails.

Udo Münch stated that missing out to inform the interior ministry promptly and with the necessary care did not happen with malicious intent, but stated that he will bear the consequences. He has asked to be transferred into early retirement.

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Berlin: Domestic violence and child abuse cases rise during Covid-19 pandemic
Berlin: Domestic violence and child abuse cases rise during Covid-19 pandemic
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The violence protection outpatient clinic of the Berlin Charité and the Berlin family courts raised concerns. In the first quarter of 2020, cases of domestic violence and child abuse in court rose 7.5% year over year.

In June 2020, the number of injuries to be treated in the Charité after domestic violence even increased by 30%. Child abuse increased by 23% in the first half of the year.

The Berlin Senator for Justice also makes the lockdown measures responsible.

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Japan requests the U.S. extradition of men accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape
Carlos Ghosn
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The Government of Japan has formally requested the U.S. State Department to extradite Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, accused of helping Carlos Ghosn flee the country. Ghosn, the former CEO of Nissan Motor, fled Japan in December after claims of financial misconduct.

Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, and Peter Taylor were arrested in Harvard, Massachusetts, on May 20 at the Japanese Governments request.

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Military Counterintelligence (MAD): New Dimension of Right-Wing Extremism in the German Bundeswehr
Military Counterintelligence (MAD): New Dimension of Right-Wing Extremism in the German Bundeswehr
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In a public parliamentary hearing in the Bundestag, the President of the MAD had to admit that patriotism in the Bundeswehr continues to be a difficult issue. The Bundeswehr is currently counting a total of 600 suspected cases from right-wing extremism to "Reichsbürgertum". The focus of the activities is currently still the Special Forces Command (KSK), where the investigators focus on around 20 people.

According to the MAD president the goal must be that the "wall of silence" cracks.

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German court: Rejection by bouncer based on age is not discrimination
German court: Rejection by bouncer based on age is not discrimination
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The Munich District Court ruled last week that rejecting at a club door based on age does not constitute discrimination. A 44-year-old complained, who was already rejected by a security guard at a techno festival in 2017 and asked the organizer for compensation of € 1,000 due to discrimination.

The judge dismissed the complaint on the grounds that the organizer was interested in the selection of his guests.

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Germany, Paderborn: Robbers seize €5,500 from attack on money transport
Germany, Paderborn: Robbers seize €5,500 from attack on money transport
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A former employee of a money transportation company has given inside information about trip plans and expected amounts of money to his three accomplices. They then took advantage of an unobserved moment in a parking garage on February 28 of this year and captured a sum of €5,500.

During the investigation, the suspects falsely accused one of the robbed drivers to be an accomplice.

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Germany, Halle (Saale): Unknown men attack security guard and kick his dog

A security guard and his dog have been attacked by two unknown perpetrators during an inspection tour in a shopping center. The men hit the guard with an object and after he went down, the strangers kicked the dog. Both suspects are unknown and still fugitive.

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Austria: Trial against former police office for alleged illegal data harvesting
Austria: Trial against former police office for alleged illegal data harvesting
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An Austrian court is currently investigating a potential data scandal. The background is the lawsuit against a former police officer who is said to have carried out more than 90 inquiries from the police network for no official reason.

In court, he defended himself that he only checked security company employees. The judgment is still pending.

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Italy arrests Siemens, Alstom executives over alleged bribery relating to Milan subway contracts
Siemens headquarters Munich
Siemens headquarters Munich Credit: Siemens

The Italian Finance police arrested 13 people in an investigation about bribery related to Milan subway contracts. Officials of ATM, Milan municipal transport company, and two executives working for Alstom and one for Siemens were detained.

Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said that Paolo Bellini, manager at ATM, is accused of taking €125,000 related to eight contract tenders worth €150 million.

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Former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun was arrested
Markus Braun
Markus Braun Credit: Wirecard

The former CEO of Wirecard AG, Markus Braun, was arrested on Monday evening. Braun had been detained on suspicion of inflating Wirecard's revenues and balance sheet to make it appear more solid and attractive for investors and customers.

Wirecard acknowledged on Monday that €1.9 billion in missing cash, around a quarter of the company's assets, probably never existed in the first place.

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Altenstadt: Security guard seriously injured
Altenstadt: Security guard seriously injured
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After trying to settle disputes among third parties in an asylum accommodation near Schongau, a security guard was attacked with a knife and seriously injured.

The police were able to arrest the suspect near the crime scene and investigated an attempted homicide.

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Hamburg: Large-scale deployment of security services, police and fire brigade

After being warned of a burglary by a security service in Hamburg-Billbrook, the police searched for a fleeing perpetrator.

After an hour of search, the perpetrator was found hidden in a canal by the fire department and arrested by the police. The emergency serviced then treated the suspect for hypothermia. The police stated that they had an open warrant on the suspect in addition to the attempted burglary.

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Hessen: Every eighth worker in the prison system has a part-time job

According to a parliamentary request from the SPD, every eighth prison worker in Hessen has a part-time job. Especially in the security service, but also as a driving instructor, waiter or appraiser, around 89.5 percent of employees with part-time jobs are even full-time employees.

According to the union, the main reason is the low wages in the prison system.

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Wolfsburg: Trial begins after attempted murder

The trial against an 18-year-old has started in Wolfsburg, Germany. The prosecutor accuses him of attempting to murder a bouncer. The bouncer had denied the accused access to the club, whereupon the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the upper body and back of the bouncer several times. Thanks to his protective vest, the security guard remained unharmed.

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Bamberg: Stopped investigation against security forces - complaint to the Federal Constitutional Court

In Karlsruhe, Germany a Senegalese asylum seeker and his lawyer lodged a constitutional complaint with the aim that the Bamberg public prosecutor's office would be obliged to resume the investigation. The background to this is an end of proceedings against several security forces at the Bamberg asylum accommodation, who allegedly have repeatedly attacked the applicant in September 2017.

However, the police then detained him and a friend. The case against the security forces had been closed for lack of evidence.