Germany sends officer to helpinvestigate killing in Philippines

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25 August 2004 , MANILA - Germany has dispatched a police officer to the Philippines to help in the investigation on the killing of a German national in the central resort island of Boracay in May, an official said Wednesday. Ricardo Diaz, head of the Interpol division of the National Bureau of Investigation, said Detlev Wilke of the Bundeskriminalamt, or the German Federal Criminal Investigation Office, visited Boracay island last week to get an update on the probe. "The officer was based in Bangkok where

25 August 2004

MANILA - Germany has dispatched a police officer to the Philippines to help in the investigation on the killing of a German national in the central resort island of Boracay in May, an official said Wednesday.

Ricardo Diaz, head of the Interpol division of the National Bureau of Investigation, said Detlev Wilke of the Bundeskriminalamt, or the German Federal Criminal Investigation Office, visited Boracay island last week to get an update on the probe.

"The officer was based in Bangkok where they have a regional headquarters," he said. "He offered assistance in conducting forensic examinations of the pieces of evidence recovered from the crime scene."

Diaz said Wilke pledged to donate DNA kits to help the probe on the killings of German property developer Anton Faustenhauser, Swiss millionaire and renowned art dealer Manfred Schoeni, British architect John Cowperthwaite and Filipino maid Irma Sarmiento.

The four were killed inside Faustenhauser's mansion on Boracay, 310 kilometres south of Manila, in May.

Police have filed criminal complaints against a German national, Uwe Frizel, a Filipino and three unnamed suspects for the killings. Prosecutors were still reviewing the complaint, while the suspects remained at large.

Diaz said Wilke was also interested in finding out whether or not Frizel, an aide of Faustenhauser, was really involved in the killings.

The killings had sparked security concerns on Boracay, a favourite destination for local and foreign tourists and famous for its powdery white sand beaches.

Boracay is home to more than 12,000 people, many of whom are Westerners who partly own some of the hotels, restaurants and bars on the island. It is considered relatively safe for tourists, being far from hotbeds of Muslim and communist insurgencies.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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