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The suspect in the Maddie McCann case breaks two ribs in a detention cell. Christian B.'s defenders doubt that he just "fell unhappily".
From Daniel Müller
November 17, 2020, 4:53 p.m.121 comments
The case of Maddie McCann: What happened in a detention cell of the Braunschweig regional court between the clerk of the law and the suspect Christian B. must now be investigated by the police.
The police now have to investigate what happened in a detention cell at the Braunschweig Regional Court between the judicial clerk and the suspect Christian B. © Julian Stratenschulte / dpa; Geisser / imago images
When Christian B. was driven from the prison in Kiel to the Braunschweig regional court on Monday morning , it was initially a completely normal prisoner transport. A convicted drug trafficker is brought to an appointment with the Penal Enforcement Chamber. The so-called two-thirds test should be about the question of whether Christian B. has a positive social prognosis and whether he could be fired early because he has a job prospect. So far, so common.
In this case you just have to know one thing: Christian B. is not just any prisoner. He is the man whom the Braunschweig public prosecutor suspects of kidnapping and killing the then three-year-old Madeleine McCann , known as Maddie, in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007 . Christian B. has moved to the center of a global investigation. At the moment he is probably the most prominent prisoner in Germany. And this prisoner suddenly had to be hospitalized last Monday with two broken ribs. His lawyer has filed criminal charges against several judicial officers at the police station in Braunschweig.
What happened in room 11?
What happened? It is certain that the transport of prisoners arrived at the regional court around 11 a.m. For the remaining 90 minutes before the hearing, B. was to be placed in a detention cell. There are two versions of what happened in this detention cell: One tells the press office of the regional court. Accordingly, there was "an incident" that is not explained in more detail. "When putting on the ankle cuffs," it says in a press release, "the affected person is said to have injured the ribs." Since the exact circumstances and the manner of the intended restraint "as well as the subsequent course of events are the subject of further investigations", the district court will not comment on the details. It can hardly be expressed more vaguely.
The second version is more detailed. According to information from ZEIT ONLINE, the following is said to have happened: When Christian B's defense lawyer Friedrich Fülscher arrives at the regional court at around 11:45 a.m., an ambulance is driving to the court. Fülscher went to room 11 identified in his cargo, which turned out to be the police station with the surveillance cameras. "When I got in there, I saw a young judicial officer filming the screen on the wall with her smartphone," remembers Fülscher. Then he recognized on this very screen that it was his client who was being looked after by rescue workers. When he said his name, another judicial officer hissed at the filming colleague: "Ssssss! Lawyer",
"I then immediately requested the deletion of the video," says Fülscher to ZEIT ONLINE. He was then replied that it was none of his business. A little later, however, Fülscher managed to call in a judge, in whose presence the said young officer deleted two videos from her cell phone. Why she filmed the supply (for the media?) Is not clear.
Yogurt on the camera lens
And Christian B.? According to the officials, he rioted in his cell, smeared the video camera with yogurt and clogged the toilet with a roll of toilet paper. When they wanted to put ankle cuffs on him, he resisted and "fell unhappy". So it was reported to him by the officials, says Fülscher to ZEIT ONLINE. "The officers enjoyed themselves. That is a circumstance which, in my opinion, allows conclusions to be drawn about what had actually happened, but which in any case was extremely unprofessional and inappropriate."
According to the prisoner Christian B. himself, the event is said to have happened quite differently. It is correct that he smeared the cell with yogurt and sunk the roll of toilet paper in the toilet. This was only a reaction to the improper behavior of the judicial guards. Accordingly, they would have provoked him on his arrival with sentences like: "Nice that you are back!" or "We have a very special room for you today, suite number 2!" When he asked if he was allowed to smoke, they grumbled at him: "We decide here who smokes and who doesn't."
After his yogurt protest, officials finally came into his cell and put a waist belt on him and locked the handcuffs in it. Then they would have asked him to get on his knees in front of them to put on the shackles. When he refused, they "got him off his feet". During this treatment, he crashed his side on the wooden bed and suffered the two broken ribs, which were confirmed by a doctor in the hospital. "The chances of a person being tied up to injure themselves in the presence of officers are limited," says Christian B's second criminal defense attorney, Johann Schwenn. And adds: "Unfortunately, an attack by the officials in the manner described by the client would not be an isolated case. The presumption of innocence is sometimes difficult for the police and the judiciary - especially when it comes to an alleged s-e-x murderer. Then the inhibitions fall. "
The Braunschweig Police Department has to determine what exactly happened. Christian B's hearing was held two hours late yesterday. He cannot count on an early discharge. He is now back in Schleswig-Holstein. Since he had contact with several people, he is now in quarantine in the Lübeck JVA - in a high-security cell.