German Interior Ministry Allegedly Ignored Informant Close to 2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attacker

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Suspected Daesh* sympathiser Anis Amri killed 12 and wounded dozens more when he rammed a truck into a Christmas market in the German capital in 2016. A bombshell testimony by a German policeman in the country’s parliament suggests that authorities, including officials at the very top, simply let things slide.

A criminal chief inspector from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has raised mishandling allegations against the German Interior Ministry and the German Criminal Police Office, along with its Berlin branch, in his testimony to the investigative committee of the deadly 2016 terrorist attack on the Christmas market in Berlin.

The man, whose identity remains concealed, reportedly said during questioning in the German parliament that an official from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) had told him that NRW’s informant who had alerted investigators about the attacker-to-be Anis Amri before, “creates too much work”. The conversation allegedly happened on the side-lines of a meeting at the Federal Attorney General’s Office on 23 February 2016, months before the terror attack.

He reportedly also told the witness that this opinion was shared at the “very top”. Asked about who was meant by “top”, the official allegedly said that it was the Interior Ministry – or its then-head Thomas de Maizière, a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union – and the senior criminal director of the BKA’s State…

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