Cologne police ordered to remove word ‘rape’ from reports into New Year’s Eve sexual assaults amid cover-up claims

Accusations add to claims of political cover-up

According to Cologne newspaper Express, officers received a phone call from the state police control centre ordering them to take down the report “or otherwise delete the phrase ‘Vergewaltigung’” – “rape”.

A senior Cologne police officer told Express he was informed of the order by a colleague who took the call, and that state police understood it to be “the wish of the state interior ministry”.

The allegation of a political cover-up puts serious pressure on North Rhine-Westphalia interior minister Ralf Jäger, in a scandal which has already seen Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers forced into early retirement.

Express published a letter it had received from a high-ranking Cologne policeman, named as Joachim H, who was on duty on New Year’s Day and described his colleague receiving the order.

Police ultimately refused the request, leaving the word “rape” in their report, and the news would eventually reach the wider world.

According to German media reports, opposition politicians in NRW state are calling for Mr Jäger to be sacked.

Full article: Cologne police ordered to remove word ‘rape’ from reports into New Year’s Eve sexual assaults amid cover-up claims (The Independent)

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