Suspects under investigation in attack on Indians

22nd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Berlin (AP) – Prosecutors on Wednesday placed under investigation two men suspected of participating in a weekend attack in eastern Germany on eight Indians, who were chased by a mob as onlookers shouted slurs.

Berlin (AP) – Prosecutors on Wednesday placed under investigation two men suspected of participating in a weekend attack in eastern Germany on eight Indians, who were chased by a mob as onlookers shouted slurs.

The two suspects, ages 21 and 23, are residents of the town of Muegeln, where the incident took place early Sunday, prosecutors in nearby Leipzig said in a statement.

They are accused of "participating actively" in the attack and are being investigated for possible charges of breaching the peace, prosecutors added, without specifying details. They did not identify the suspects, who were briefly arrested Sunday and then set free.

About 50 Germans chased the Indians across the market square in Muegeln following a scuffle at a dance party, officials have said. Onlookers – some shouting slurs such as "Foreigners out!" – did nothing to help the men, according to police.

Two of the Indians were hospitalized after being beaten by the attackers.

Seventy police officers were needed to restore order after the incident. Four assailants and two police officers also were injured.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that "while one of the men contests the accusations, the other has asserted his right to remain silent."

Questioning of several witnesses has not produced information on further suspects, they added.

The incident has revived concerns about levels of racist violence in the depressed, formerly communist east and the German government has promised a thorough investigation of the attack.

AP

Subject: German news

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