German singer suspected of 300 counts of child sex abuse

German New Age singer Oliver Shanti, wanted on suspicion of more than 300 counts of child sexual abuse, has been flown to Germany for remand after his arrest in Portugal last week, prosecutors in Munich said on Monday.

Police said the 59-year-old, whose given name is Ulrich Schulz, was taken to the hospital for unspecified health issues after his arrival, though he appeared to be in relatively good health, chief detective Ignaz Raab said.

“The accused was emotionally agitated,” Raab said. Investigators have said Shanti has chosen to remain silent regarding the criminal accusations.

“Police are looking for other victims,” said state prosecutor’s office spokesperson Anton Winkler in Munich. “The prosecutor’s office wants to press charges quickly.”

The Hamburg-born singer, who has been wanted since 2002, was arrested after being recognized at the German Embassy in Lisbon when he applied for a passport, which authorities believe he may have wanted to use to flee to Brazil, news agency AFP reported.

The authorities are not clear on how Shanti could have remained undetected in Portugal for so long. He was considered to be a model citizen of his village, Vila Nova de Cerveira.


Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

A 15-year-old footballer from Berlin died on Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a fight with players from a French team at an international youth tournament, police said.

Teenage footballer dies after brawl with French players in Germany

The teenager “died in hospital as a result of his severe brain injuries” after being hit on the head in the altercation in Frankfurt on Sunday, local police said in a statement.

A 16-year-old player from the French team was arrested following the fight and was still being held in custody, police said.

The brawl occurred following the final whistle in a game between the victim’s side JFC Berlin and a team from French second-division club Metz.

Investigators were still looking at the “detailed sequence of events” which led to the young player’s injuries, they said.

The victim was seemingly hit “on the head or neck” before he “fell to the floor and had to be resuscitated”, police said in a separate statement Tuesday.

The victim, already declared brain dead on Tuesday, was kept on life support so his organs could be donated, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office said.

French club Metz said Tuesday it was “profoundly shocked” by the events at the tournament in Frankfurt.

Metz confirmed that a player from its “Performance Programme”, a scheme which gives “young footballers… from all over the world access to a high-level training structure”, was being held by German authorities.

The suspected attacker “denies having deliberately caused serious bodily harm”, the club said.

The tournament organisers also said Tuesday they were shocked by the events, describing them as “unbelievably sad”.