Black refugee attacked in Wismar in Germany

27th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2006, WISMAR, GERMANY - Three Germans were in custody Wednesday in connection with an overnight assault on a black refugee in the Baltic port-city of Wismar, and police said they were checking whether the attack involved race hate.

27 April 2006

WISMAR, GERMANY - Three Germans were in custody Wednesday in connection with an overnight assault on a black refugee in the Baltic port-city of Wismar, and police said they were checking whether the attack involved race hate.

The Togolese victim, 39, was treated for concussion but discharged from hospital Wednesday after he had been knocked down and kicked on a city street. Only 10 days earlier, an Ethiopian-born man suffered critical head injuries in a beating near the German capital Berlin.

Suspects aged 23 and 24 were remanded in custody, and a third suspect, aged 19, was to appear in a Wismar court Thursday, a prosecutor said.

All were charged with dangerous assault, but the motive was not yet clear nor was there any evidence the attackers were neo-Nazis.

The man, 39, who was attacked April 17 in Potsdam near Berlin remained in a medically induced coma and has made no sign of recovery. A hospital spokeswoman said it was conceivable that he would remain in critical condition for weeks on end.

Part of his skull was broken in a 4 a.m. attack where the racial insult "dirty nigger" was recorded via mobile phone. Two suspects are under investigation for attempted murder and prosecutors say they are seeking evidence for a possible race-hate motive.

The lawyer for one of the Potsdam suspects has applied for bail.

DPA

Subject: German news

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