Breitscheidplatz in the evening after the attack on 19.December 2016. Photo: Photo: Andreas Trojak / CC BY 2.0
The alleged perpetrator of the Breitscheidplatz attack is said to have repeatedly denied involvement in the crime – The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office has blocked the documents
The Tunisian Anis Amri, who is officially considered to be the assassin of Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, has apparently denied several times after the attack to acquaintances and friends that he had anything to do with the act. A first indication of this can be found in the interrogation documents of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), uber den Telepolis im Dezember 2020 berichtet hat (Anis Amri: "I have nothing to do with this matter. Help me!!!").
Now there is a second example, according to which Amri is said to have said in a personal conversation with someone from the environment of the Fussilet mosque immediately after the attack event that he was not involved in the attack and is being falsely accused.
The facts of the case were still the subject of investigation in 2020. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has classified the files as secret and is keeping them secret from the victims and their lawyers, who are actually entitled to inspect them, as well as from the elected members of parliament. One of the reasons is that a state informant is involved.
doubts that Amri was the man who drove the truck into the Christmas market on. December 2016 had driven the truck into the Christmas market and murdered a total of twelve people, have already arisen for some time from a number of objective traces. Some of them also came up in the Bundestag’s investigative committee: missing fingerprints and inconclusive DNA fragments from Amri in the crime truck. Instead, traces were found of a previously unidentified "unknown person 2".
That the alleged assassin himself denies involvement is noteworthy because the official interpretation is that he claimed responsibility for the crime. For example, by demonstratively showing the Islamist grub into a surveillance camera at the Zoo subway station a few minutes after the attack.
And his wallet with an official toleration certificate as well as his two cell phones were deliberately left in the truck as a sign of his confession to the crime.
Amri’s first denial
Amri’s first denial of his alleged guilt can be found in the interrogation protocols of the BKA from 2017. After that, a certain Mohamed A received., Brother of Khaled A., with whom Amri shared a room until the day of the attack, on his cell phone a posting of Anis Amri, provided with a passport photo and a text with the following wording:
"Guys, I can not show myself publicly, I have nothing to do with this matter. I would never do such a thing in my life. Everything lied!! Please share ALL this post and do not believe this media. Help me!!! God bless you all my brother and sister."
It is not clear when and where the message was sent. BKA investigators stumbled upon it because another witness gave them his Whatsapp communication with Mohamed A. had revealed. The had the Amri posting on 31. December 2016 forwarded to him.
The BKA must have been aware of the explosive nature of the matter, because it summarized it in an extra note in the logbook. It is unclear how the investigators dealt with the trail. Mohamed A., the first known source, was not asked about it at all. Whose brother Khaled A. He declared unquestioningly that he had disposed of his two cell phones immediately after the attack. One of them is sold, the other one is thrown away. Whether he received the message is therefore no longer ascertainable.
The same is true for Bilel Ben Ammar. He wants to have deleted all of Amri’s Whatsapp messages after the attack, he declared to interrogators in January 2017 – and thus involuntarily admitted possible knowledge of the crime at the same time. At that time, the plan to deport Ben Ammar to Tunisia had long been in place, even though he was being held as a defendant. On 1. February 2017 it was done.
The second denial
Now, pages of files have emerged documenting a second denial by the alleged perpetrator, which led to investigations by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office as recently as May 2020.
Thereafter, in November 2019, a "Informant" have communicated the following: Amri had immediately after the attack event Semsettin E., he knew from the Fussilet mosque, in a "personal discussion" said he was not involved in the attack and is being falsely accused. He, Amri, had handed in the ID card found in the crime truck to the police in Berlin several months earlier.
In late April 2020, Semsettin E. summoned for police questioning of witnesses. Why so late is unclear. However, the subpoenaed person through his lawyer loved to say that he was exercising his right to refuse to provide information. He did not appear for questioning. This in itself is unusual.
But what is even more unusual is that the federal prosecutor’s office, as the lead agency, accepted that. The senior public prosecutor in charge reported back to the BKA that he does not foresee "Compulsory interrogations to implement the interrogation of witnesses" from.
In contrast to defendants, witnesses do not have a corresponding, comprehensive right to refuse to provide information. As a matter of principle, they must appear for questioning and explain and justify their refusal anew for each question.