Italian accused of faking neo-Nazi attack in Berlin

12th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 September 2006, BERLIN - An Italian who claimed he was beaten up by right- wing thugs in a racist attack went on trial Tuesday, accused of fabricating the incident. Gianni Congia, 30, told the court he was attacked in the early hours of May 14 in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. Congia claimed he was hit in the face and struck on the knee with a wooden stick wielded by three shaven-headed men clad in leather jackets who called him "a dirty foreigner." The Italian was admitted to hospital sufferin

12 September 2006

BERLIN - An Italian who claimed he was beaten up by right- wing thugs in a racist attack went on trial Tuesday, accused of fabricating the incident.

Gianni Congia, 30, told the court he was attacked in the early hours of May 14 in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg.

Congia claimed he was hit in the face and struck on the knee with a wooden stick wielded by three shaven-headed men clad in leather jackets who called him "a dirty foreigner."

The Italian was admitted to hospital suffering from a broken kneecap, but police investigations showed the injury was caused by the Italian falling from a railway platform while drunk.

CCTV cameras installed at the Alexanderplatz station showed Congia stumbling onto the tracks, but able to pull himself back onto the platform and limp away, reports said at the time.

The alleged attack attracted a lot of attention at the time as it coincided with a spate of much publicized neo-Nazi assaults in the run-up to the World Cup. The next hearing was set for September 26.

DPA

Subject: German news

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