The victim was pushed to death, the perpetrator gets a lenient sentence for it ! The regional court sentenced a man who pushed a refugee from Iran in front of a subway to four years and three months in prison. “I file for an appeal”, says public prosecutor Antonia Ernst afterwards, horrified to the newspaper B.Z.. She considers the perpetrator a murderer and demands life imprisonment.
Kottbusser Tor underground station, October 29, 2019. Zakaria L. (27 years old) from Morocco pushes a refugee from Iran (30 years old) in front of the underground line U8. He had previously tried in vain to buy drugs from a dealer. The victim was the latter’s companion.
In Europe since 2017. Since summer 2019 in Berlin. Illegal, subject to expulsion. Accommodation near Wannsee. This is what his day looked like: “Up at 10 am. ate at 12 noon. Bottle of vodka. Going to Kottbusser Tor. Beer and whiskey. Cocaine and pills. Then I ran out of drugs.”
Zakaria L. is not a murderer, the court decides. Convicted of attempted assault and causing death. A few years in prison, then transferred to rehab.
Judge Thomas Groß (55 years old) believes, after examining the surveillance video, that the perpetrator did not notice the incoming train at the moment of pushing.
“There was no confession based on remorse here,” says Judge Gross.
Zakaria L. began to cry bitterly when he learned that he was now remaining in prison in Germany