'Missing memory' mystery man is a Scot

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11 September 2007, Heidelberg, Germany (dpa) - A man in Germany who claims to have forgotten his name and his past is a 60-year-old Scot who has been in psychiatric treatment in Edinburgh in the past, German police said Tuesday.

11 September 2007

Heidelberg, Germany (dpa) - A man in Germany who claims to have forgotten his name and his past is a 60-year-old Scot who has been in psychiatric treatment in Edinburgh in the past, German police said Tuesday.

The confused man was found on June 9 last year in the city of Mannheim and put into care. Police have tried ever since to solve the puzzle of his identity.

Police in Heidelberg said fingerprints obtained from London through Interpol proved the man was from Scotland.

He had been recognized by an Edinburgh doctor from a photo in a newspaper.

He had been in psychiatric treatment in Edinburgh 2001-2006 and was found in April 2006 in Amsterdam and put into care by Dutch authorities.

Police said the man rejected the news of who he was, and insisted he was a US citizen named Karl.

He is to remain in a German rest home hear Heidelberg at social- welfare expense while visa authorities decide if he can stay.

British consular officials have been informed.

"He doesn't want to go back to Britain," his legal-aid lawyer, Wolfgang Wagner, said.

AFP

Subject: German news

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