Youth goes on trial for Berlin station attack

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27 February 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A youth arrested after a stabbing spree in Berlin nine months ago cannot remember the bloody events that left 37 people injured, his defence lawyer said Tuesday. The 17-year-old was "sorry," for what happened, the lawyer said as the teenager's trial got underway at a court in the capital. The youth, identified in press reports as Mike P., is charged with 37 counts of attempted murder, six of causing bodily harm and one count of robbery. The teenager has been in custody sinc

27 February 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A youth arrested after a stabbing spree in Berlin nine months ago cannot remember the bloody events that left 37 people injured, his defence lawyer said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old was "sorry," for what happened, the lawyer said as the teenager's trial got underway at a court in the capital.

The youth, identified in press reports as Mike P., is charged with 37 counts of attempted murder, six of causing bodily harm and one count of robbery.

The teenager has been in custody since the attack on May 26 last year during festivities for the opening of Berlin's huge, ultra- modern, main railway station.

The case attracted plenty of attention as it came a fortnight before the start of the football World Cup in Germany and raised fears about the state of security at major public events.

The accused, who was 16 at the time, was reportedly drunk when detained by private security guards about one kilometre from the scene of the attack, near the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

One of the first victims was a carrier of the virus which causes HIV/AIDS, prompting fears that others who suffered stab wounds or were splattered with blood could be infected.

Hospitals provided regular HIV/AIDS tests for victims, eight of whom suffered serious stab wounds to the stomach, lungs and kidneys.

Around 158 witnesses are expected to give evidence at the trial, which is being held in camera at a young offenders bench of the Berlin state court.

A verdict is expected at the end of March.

DPA

Subject: German news

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