Days after the deadly knife attack on a regional train in Brokstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, the authorities are increasingly focusing on how the authorities are dealing with the alleged perpetrator. The resocialization expert Bernd Maelicke accuses the Hamburg Senator for Justice Anna Gallina (Greens) in the “Hamburger Abendblatt” of having ignored the Hamburg law on resocialization and victim protection (ResOG) passed in 2019.
The law aims to prevent ex-convicts from “falling down a release hole” when the prison gates open. Gallina obviously doesn’t know it, in any case it couldn’t have been applied, said the lawyer Maelicke, who initiated several state rehabilitation laws, the newspaper. “As a senator, she bears responsibility.”
According to Maelicke, Paragraph 9 of the Hamburger ResOG stipulates a binding integration plan with regulations on the social situation, place of residence, addictive behavior and securing a living. “Even the preventive measures provided for in the law are not recognizable in this individual case,” criticized Maelicke in the “Hamburger Abendblatt”.
Two people died in the act on the regional train from Kiel to Hamburg, and five were seriously injured. An arrest warrant was issued against Ibrahim A. for two counts of murder and four counts of attempted manslaughter. Only a few days before the bloody crime on the regional train, A., a 33-year-old stateless Palestinian, was released from custody in Hamburg.
The motive of the suspect is still unclear. According to his lawyer, Ibrahim A. did not make any statements on the matter at the judge’s appointment. After the results of the investigation are available, he will speak to his client, lawyer Björn Seelbach told the German Press Agency on Saturday when asked.
For the Hamburg CDU parliamentary group leader Dennis Thering, the case shows again that the Hamburg judiciary is completely overwhelmed and Gallina is not up to the task. “She dives down again instead of giving answers and solving problems,” criticizes Thering in the “Hamburger Abendblatt”. He expects the first answers on Thursday in the Judiciary Committee of the Hamburg Parliament. The senator had announced that she would be there on the Hamburg aspects of the crime to report.
In Düsseldorf, the legal committee of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament is also to meet for a special session next week. A. had been noticed in the past with violent crimes in both NRW and Hamburg.
The chairman of the working group on migration law in the German Lawyers’ Association (DAV), Thomas Oberhäuser, denied the question of whether the judiciary and administration could have prevented the crime on Deutschlandfunk on Saturday. He referred to legal considerations and requirements in pre-trial detention cases. At best, the judiciary and administration could have prevented the crime by continuing to hold him in custody, according to Oberhäuser. “But the judiciary decided that that would have been disproportionate to the crime he was accused of.”