German prosecutors believe girl made up neo-Nazi attack
Prosecutors in Germany doubted a teenage girl's claim that she had bravely tackled neo-Nazi thugs who then cut a swastika in the skin of her thigh.
19 December 2007
Mittweida, Germany (dpa) - Prosecutors in Germany doubted Tuesday a teenage girl's claim that she had bravely tackled neo-Nazi thugs who then cut a swastika in the skin of her thigh.
The allegations, from a German town that is trying to wipe out a local neo-Nazi gang, were reported round the globe. But police say they could find no corroborating evidence that the November 3 incident ever happened.
Now the girl, 17, is under investigation for fabricating a crime.
She said she was held down and had the Nazi symbol scratched on her after she went to the aid of a 6-year-old East European girl being threatened by the thugs.
But police could not trace the 6-year-old. Despite the offer of a 5,000-euro (7,300-dollar) cash reward by the mayor, none of up to 100 residents of Mittweida who might have seen the incident has come forward.
Doctors said it was conceivable the teenager had scratched herself on the outer thigh. She did not approach police till nine days after the alleged incident.
The state of Saxony has had serious problems keeping neo-Nazis at bay.
Saxony authorities this year prohibited a neo-Nazi group, which called itself Sturm 34 and was based in the town. Police dispersed neo-Nazis who rallied in Mittweida on December 8. Several Sturm members currently face criminal charges.