After the deadly knife attack on a regional train in Brokstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, three injured people were treated in hospitals on Monday. The condition of a 62-year-old and a 54-year-old from Schleswig-Holstein and a 27-year-old from Hamburg is currently stable, the police reported on Monday. The three injured are conscious. Two other 22-year-old injured people from Schleswig-Holstein have already left the hospital.
According to the police, the investigators are recording and questioning those involved and witnesses to the deadly knife attack. Almost 120 people have now been recorded. This number is subject to change after the survey is completed.
Last Wednesday (January 25), two people were killed on the regional train from Kiel to Hamburg, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old. Five people were injured. An arrest warrant was issued against the alleged perpetrator Ibrahim A. for two counts of murder and four counts of attempted manslaughter.
The 33-year-old stateless Palestinian was released from custody in Hamburg just a few days before the crime on the train. Ibrahim A. was sentenced to one year in prison and was also imprisoned for a year. However, since the verdict was not final, the time was officially considered pre-trial detention and not criminal detention. The man was now remanded to Neumünster for pre-trial detention. This was confirmed by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior on Monday.
Meanwhile, how the authorities are dealing with the alleged perpetrator is increasingly coming into focus. The resocialization expert Bernd Maelicke accused the Hamburg Senator for Justice Anna Gallina (Greens) in the "Hamburger Abendblatt" of having ignored the Hamburg law on resocialization and victim protection (HmbResOG) passed in 2019. The authority for justice and consumer protection in Hamburg defended itself against this criticism and pointed out that the man was in custody and that therefore the law does not apply.
However, paragraph 11 of the law states, specifically with regard to pre-trial detainees: “Pre-trial detainees receive offers in the prison to prepare for their release. You will be informed about these offers and supported in contacting the relevant providers of the offers. The counseling services are coordinated by the prison responsible for pre-trial detention.” The Hamburg Parliament will deal with this topic on Wednesday, and the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Victims of the knife attack can contact the Hamburg victim representative, Arne Dornquast. Dornquast and his team advise those affected and refer them to the Hamburg help system, as the social authority announced on Monday. Victims and their relatives can contact them Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 040/42863-4600 or by email at email@example.com.
According to the social authorities, the Hamburg Victims' Representative has the task of supporting the victims of terror and major damage events and their relatives. The offer of help is aimed not only at those affected who have experienced a physical injury, but also at people with mental needs. The victim representative advises in particular on psychological and financial help and, if necessary, arranges appropriate offers.