It is feared that a "mole" of the German police has leaked details of the immigrants accused of a sharp murder in a case that provoked two days of neo-Nazi riots.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the leak of an arrest warrant that identified two suspects in the murder of Daniel Hillig, a married carpenter from Chemnitz.
The order describes a suspect as a 22-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker with a criminal record & # 39; substantial. & # 39; A second suspect has been identified as Syrian, aged 23, while the order alleges that the men repeatedly stabbed Hillig for 35 years in the chest.
The death sparked violent protests against foreigners in the eastern city earlier this week, attracting extremists from across the country. Critics said the order, which contained details on the number of stab wounds, may have leaked to increase anger against migrants.
It comes when the German media revealed details of the criminal past of the Iraqi suspect, with previous convictions that include possession of drugs, fraud, vandalism and a pepper spray attack.
It is feared that a far-right police force has leaked the identities of immigrants accused of killing neo-Nazis in a case that provoked unrest against immigrants (pictured) in Germany.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the leak of an arrest warrant that identifies suspects in the stabbing of Daniel Hillig (pictured), a married carpenter from Chemnitz.
The death sparked violent protests against foreigners in the eastern city earlier this week, attracting extremists from across the country. Flowers are shown in the place where Hillig was killed
According to Bild, the Iraqi, a barber in his homeland, arrived in Germany in 2015 and met the Syrian suspect in a local salon.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the judicial authorities should use all means at their disposal to respond to the leak of the arrest warrant.
The leak was a very unusual occurrence that generated harsh criticism throughout Germany, which has strict privacy guidelines for judicial proceedings, and expressed concern about possible links between the police and anti-immigrant parties.
The stabbing and subsequent protests have exposed deep divisions in German society over the decision of Chancellor Angela Merkel of 2015 to open the door to more than one million immigrants, mostly Muslims fleeing Middle East conflicts .
The incident has also revealed the close links between a number of anti-immigrant groups, including football hooligans and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and their ability to quickly mobilize thousands of protesters.
Prosecutors said Wednesday they had launched an investigation into the escape and that they had taken steps to protect two witnesses named in the document.
The death sparked violent protests against foreigners in the eastern city earlier this week, attracting extremists from across the country.
Fifty-seven percent of Germans see the anti-immigrant riots, during which at least 10 people raised their arms in the forbidden "Hitler's salute", as a danger to democracy, showed a new poll of Civey
The deputy prime minister of the state, Martin Dulig, a social democrat, suggested in two interviews in the German media that the leak probably came from the police or judicial authorities. "We have a bigger problem to face there," he told the MDR television network.
A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Dresden, which is handling the investigation, said the circle of those who had access to the document was not small.
Migrant, 20, is beaten with an iron chain days after the protests
Three attackers brutally beat a 20-year-old immigrant in a village in eastern Germany on Wednesday night, police said, after a stabbing case that triggered two days of violent anti-immigrant protests in another part of the country.
The immigrant, who the police did not mention, was walking to his home in Wismar, a city on the Baltic Sea, when the attackers stopped him and started insulting him in German using a xenophobic language. Then two punched him in the face and the third hit him on the shoulder and ribs with an iron chain, police said.
Then they kicked him on the ground. The migrant suffered a broken nose and bruises on the face and upper body. The police, who did not give details about the victim's ethnicity, called for witnesses to appear.
The incident occurred days after the violent protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz that were triggered by the fatal stabbing of a German man there. An Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested in connection with that crime.
The stabbing of Chemnitz and subsequent protests have revealed deep divisions in German society over Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision of 2015 to open the door to more than one million immigrants, mostly Muslims fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.
Both Chemnitz and Wismar are in the eastern communist part of Germany, where anti-immigrant lobby groups like PEGIDA and the political party Alternativa por Alemania (AfD) have their hearts.
Neither the Iraqi nor a second suspect arrested in the stabbing, a 23-year-old Syrian, had hired a lawyer, so the leak is unlikely to come from them, the experts said.
Last week, the Saxon police apologized for another incident involving an off-duty police employee in a demonstration against Islam.
AfD and PEGIDA, a far-right group under the observation of intelligence agencies, say they will march again in Chemnitz on Saturday to mourn Daniel H. (the stabbing victim) and the others killed by forced multiculturalization of Germany & # 39;
The co-founder of PEGIDA, Lutz Bachmann, was one of the first to publish the arrest warrant on Tuesday night, along with a group called & # 39; Pro Chemnitz & # 39; and a local AfD politician.
Fifty-seven percent of Germans see the anti-immigrant riots, during which at least 10 people raised their arms in the forbidden "Hitler's salute", as a danger to democracy, showed a new poll of Civey.
Ninety percent of AfD supporters did not see the protests as a threat to democracy, he showed.
The leader of the AfD, Alexander Gauland, justified the anti-immigrant riots as self-defense in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt. "When a homicide like this occurs, it's normal for people to disconnect." Self-defense is certainly not just justice.
Merkel and her cabinet discussed the situation during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and stressed their opposition to any form of surveillance justice, Seehofer told reporters. Such actions were "completely unacceptable."
But the US human rights chief, Zeid Ra & # 39; ad al-Hussein, called for a more widespread denunciation of what he called "shocking" images of Chemnitz. "We really need a concentration of voices to say that when we have incitement to hatred, this is prohibited by international human rights laws," he told reporters.