Trial for murder in Kandel: Process for lethal knife attack begins

Almost half a year ago, a 15-year-old girl was killed in the small town of Kandel. The case caused a stir because the suspects is a fugitive.

Trial for murder in Kandel: Process for lethal knife attack begins

Almost half a year after murder of a pupil in Kandel, trial against suspects begins today in front of Landau District Court in Rhineland-Palatinate. The accused is former friend of 15-year-old girl, a fugitive who is presumed to be from Afghanistan.

Abdul D. is said to have stabbed his victim on December 27th in a drugstore before witnesses. Earlier statements by suspects to be only 15 years old are considered to be refuted. Since his age is not conclusively clarified, process is conducted according to juvenile criminal law and takes place with exclusion of public. The court set up 13 days of negotiations by end of August. The case had also recreated debate on age determination of young refugees.

In view of act, for example, Annegret Kramp-cart Builder (CDU), n still Saarland prime minister, called for federal uniform procedures for determining age of presumed minor asylum seekers. It is "good right of German state" to clarify with medical tests wher age figures of presumed minor migrants are medically comprehensible, she said at ZDF. The former internal political spokesman of Union Bundestag Group, Stephan Mayer (CSU), demanded in case of doubt a review of age of refugees already on arrival in Germany.

The Federal Medical Association rejects nationwide medical examinations in order to determine age. The X-ray of wrist without medical necessity is "an intervention in physical integrity", said president of Chamber, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, n Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The procedure was interrupted on Monday shortly after opening. The defender of accused Abdul D., Maximilian Edwards, requested, according to his own data, before Landau District Court exchange of interpreter. This was poorly translated. He could have judged that, even if he did not speak national language Dari himself. His request had been granted. A new interpreter should be released on Monday and process continued.

Date Of Update: 19 June 2018, 12:02

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