Bail cancelled for suspect in Potsdam attack

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19 June 2006, POTSDAM, GERMANY - Judges cancelled bail Friday for a man who is suspected of beating up a black German citizen nine weeks ago.

19 June 2006

POTSDAM, GERMANY - Judges cancelled bail Friday for a man who is suspected of beating up a black German citizen nine weeks ago.

The victim, engineer and doctoral student Ermyas M, managed to record the attackers using racial insults just before they knocked him unconscious. After the recording was broadcast nationwide, federal prosecutors took charge of solving the "race-hate" crime.

Two men were arrested, but judges later granted both bail. Prosecutors appealed. A state court in Potsdam, the city outside Berlin where the attack occurred on April 16, withdrew bail from one man, 29, on Friday and he was taken back into custody.

Ermyas M, 37, is recovering from his head injuries but does not remember the attack. Witnesses said he had been drinking before he was attacked at a tram stop in the small hours of the morning.

DPA

Subject: German news

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