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Daughter implicated in murder of parents

State prosecutors have applied for an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of murdering her parents. Two bodies were found in the garden of a house in a small Bavarian village on Sunday night.

Daughter implicated in murder of parents
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Police were called to the house by the couple’s son who said that his parents, Franz and Heidi R., 60 and 54, were missing and that there was a “large amount of blood in the stairway of the house,” a police spokesman said on Monday.

Shortly afterwards officers found two bodies in the garden of the house in Notzing, near Ingolstadt. An autopsy confirmed that the couple were killed by multiple stab wounds.

They said the 21-year-old man gave himself up while officers were at the house, and confessed. Police later found several knives in the young man’s flat, though they are not sure which, if any, was the murder weapon.

The man is thought to have behaved violently towards both his own family, as well as his girlfriend’s, in the past. “The background to the case remains unclear,” said police spokesman Peter Grießer.

Detectives have sealed off the house and the street nearby, where it seems the bodies were first buried before being dug up and reburied in the garden.

Police suspect that the daughter may have been involved in her parents’ deaths, though it remains unclear in what way.

According to a report in Bild newspaper that cites anonymous police sources, she is not thought to have been directly involved in their killing, but may have helped hide the bodies. She was reportedly in the house, where she lives, when her brother came in and phoned the police.

DPA/The Local/hc/bk

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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