North Rhine-Westphalia: tapped conversation should incriminate the accused Drach

Cologne (dpa/lnw) - The trial against the former Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach was continued on Friday in the Cologne district court with the evaluation of a conversation tapped by the police.

North Rhine-Westphalia: tapped conversation should incriminate the accused Drach

Cologne (dpa/lnw) - The trial against the former Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach was continued on Friday in the Cologne district court with the evaluation of a conversation tapped by the police. It was about a conversation between Drach's Dutch co-defendant and his then roommate in a car bugged by the police. In the conversation conducted after a police interrogation in February 2021, the roommate informed the 54-year-old that the police had evidence of Drach as the perpetrator of robberies in Germany.

Among other things, the Pole describes in the conversation that the police found DNA traces of "Thomas" on a car used in a robbery. Therefore said "Thomas" must disappear from "Holland". He also asked the 54-year-old if he burned his clothes "from when you were with him". When he said yes, the other commented: "Very good."

For the public prosecutor, the conversation shows that Drach and the co-defendant carried out a raid on a valuables transporter at Cologne/Bonn Airport in March 2019.

In the process, Drach is accused of four robberies on money transporters in Cologne, Frankfurt am Main and Limburg in Hesse. In addition, the 62-year-old is charged with attempted murder because he is said to have shot two money messengers.

In 1996, Drach kidnapped the tobacco company heir Jan Philipp Reemtsma and only released him after paying a large ransom. Drach was sentenced to fourteen and a half years in prison for the crime.

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