German officials want to raise serial killer reward

26th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2006, MUNICH - Officials are hoping to post a huge, 300,000-euro (375,000 dollar) reward to catch a cold-blooded assassin who has murdered nine small businessmen in Germany in a case with many hallmarks of a protection racket, a spokesman said Wednesday.

26 April 2006

MUNICH - Officials are hoping to post a huge, 300,000-euro (375,000 dollar) reward to catch a cold-blooded assassin who has murdered nine small businessmen in Germany in a case with many hallmarks of a protection racket, a spokesman said Wednesday.

"The police have met a wall of silence during inquiries," said Rainer Riedl, a spokesman for Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein. The one Greek and eight Turkish entrepreneurs were shot at close range on their own premises, always with the same pistol.

Riedl said Beckstein would approach interior ministers from other German states to argue that jointly raising the existing reward 10- fold might encourage associates or even potential future victims to come forward.

With witnesses and friends of the victims unwilling to talk, it was plausible to suppose that organized crime was behind the killings, Riedl said. He appealed to accomplices to come forward, saying tips would be treated in confidence.

In the past four weeks, a 21-year-old operator of an internet cafe and the owner of a newsstand were the latest to be gunned down. Ballistics tests showed that each was killed with the same Czech-made Ceska Type 83 pistol.

DPA

Subject: German news

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