Cologne (dpa / lnw) - There were massive delays in the processes in the Cologne Justice Center on Tuesday morning. When asked, a regional court spokesman confirmed that there was an "alarm situation" in the high-rise building on Luxemburger Strasse, where the Cologne district and regional courts are located. The spokesman also said that this would result in delays in the start of numerous court hearings.
"It is currently not possible to bring detainees to the screening room," the spokesman continued. The screening room is the house jail in the basement of the justice center, where the accused in custody await their trial.
That is why there will also be a delay in the start of the trial in the Wermelskirchen case. In the process, a 45-year-old is accused of multiple sexual abuse of children. In addition, an oral hearing in the event of a claim for damages by a person affected by abuse against the Archdiocese of Cologne is scheduled for Tuesday. In the case, a 62-year-old is demanding more than 700,000 euros in compensation for suffering sexualized violence by a priest in the 1970s. In addition, a day of negotiations in the trial for particularly serious robbery and attempted murder against Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach has been scheduled.