COLOGNE’S new chief of police says the mass sexual frenzy that took place in his city on New Year’s Eve was organised on social media and not by hardened criminals.
As of Friday ten men are in custody and a further 44 are being sought, most of them North African, for the hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies committed against women in the city during celebrations on the last day of the year.
But new police supremo Jürgen Mathies – who drew up the security plans for police during the 2006 World Cup in Germany – said that there is “no evidence” that organised criminals were behind the attacks while admitting it will be hard to bring the offenders to justice.
“There is no evidence that we are dealing with structures of organised crime here,” he said,
“We believe this was transmitted through social networks. A few people did in fact say, ‘Hey, we’re going to Cologne, there’s going to be a big party.’
“Many of the alleged attackers were from countries where this behaviour, where women are hemmed in and then abused by a large number of men at once. I must say that this phenomenon was not known to me in Germany before.”
Full article: Cologne mass sex attack ‘was organised and plotted on social media’ says police chief (Express)