German Boy Missing For Over Two Years Found In Pedophile’s Closet

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The case of a missing 15-year-old boy found in a closet at the flat of a suspected paedophile has gripped Germany, but his mother says she just wants to celebrate Christmas with her son.

Marvin had been missing for over two years when he was found hiding in a cupboard last Friday as police searched the home of a 44-year-old man suspected of distributing child pornography.

The stunning discovery in the western town of Recklinghausen has drawn comparisons to two shocking cases in Austria — of Natascha Kampusch, who was held by her kidnapper for eight years before she managed to escape in 2006; and of Elisabeth Fritzl, who was kept in a cellar and repeatedly raped by her father Josef in an ordeal that lasted 24 years.

Marvin, who disappeared after saying goodbye to his carers at a youth shelter early on June 11, 2017, is currently in psychiatric care.

“I want to visit him for Christmas, to celebrate a little with him,” his mother Manuela B., 53, told Germany’s best-selling tabloid Bild.

A police spokesman on Monday said the decision on when Marvin can go home “is up to the doctors, not the police”.

Many questions remain answered in the case that German media have dubbed an “Advent miracle” — including how the boy ended up at the flat and if he could have left at any time.

– TV appeal –

Police said in a statement that the officers who discovered him “did not see any indications at that point that he was being held against his will”.

But Marvin’s mother, who was briefly reunited with her son on Friday, doubted he was there entirely out of free will.

“The man whose place they found him at must have manipulated him,” she told Bild.

“I could go crazy thinking about what’s been done to him.”

She said Marvin was found wearing the same clothes as on the day he vanished, and said he looked like “a broken old man”.

“He now needs to process what’s happened over the past two and a half years. This is all so painful.”

His stepfather Michael B. told the RTL broadcaster he believed the boy hadn’t stayed at the flat voluntarily, adding that Marvin “didn’t talk much” when he saw his mother.

Marvin was 13 when he was living in a care home for young people, reportedly after he had trouble processing the death of his father.

After the investigation into his disappearance had gone cold, Marvin’s mother and sister made a fresh appeal for information in the TV show “Aktenzeichen XY” in July, which tries to solve missing cases.

But in the end the boy’s discovery appeared to be entirely coincidental.

Marvin’s mother told Bild she already knows what she will give her son for Christmas.

“I want to give him new clothes.”

The suspect at whose flat Marvin was found remains in custody and faces allegations of serious sexual offences.

AFP

 

German Catholic Church Apologises For Child Sex Abuse

Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference and Trier Bishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (L) and commissioner for sexual abuse issues Stephan Ackermann give a press conference to present the results of the study on “Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests, Deacons and Male Religious” (MHG study) on September 25, 2018 in Fulda, western Germany. Daniel ROLAND / AFP

 

Germany’s Catholic Church on Tuesday apologized to victims of sexual assault by clergy, with the institution’s top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he was ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, the crimes carried out by officials of the Church, as well as how so many have looked away for so long.

The dismay expressed by the head of the German Bishops’ Conference came as the institution published a damning report showing that in Germany, almost 3,700 minors — mostly boys — were assaulted between 1946 and 2014.

The report’s authors said however that the figure was “the tip of the iceberg” and that the real extent of the problem was far greater.

“I have to say very clearly that sexual abuse is a crime. Those who are guilty must be punished,” said Cardinal Marx.

“For all the failures and for all the pain, as chairman of Germany’s Bishops Conference, I apologize. I also apologize on a personal basis.

“We are not done with confronting the incidents and consequences, it begins now,” he stressed at a press conference.

Abuse, transfers, cover-ups

Victims have criticised the report for falling short of what is needed to flush out perpetrators.

They urged the Church to bring in independent experts for a thorough audit, adding that victims should be offered compensation.

“The system of abuse, transfers (of offending priests) and cover-ups cannot be mapped out” by a study that had access only to available personal documents, said the victims’ association, Eckiger Tisch.

“We are not given names of perpetrators. There are no names given of the responsible bishops who have perfected the system of covering up sexual attacks over decades.”

Justice Minister Katarina Barley also urged the Church to “take responsibility for decades of concealment, cover-ups, and denials” and to work with state prosecutors to bring every known case to justice.

The independent commissioner for child sex abuse issues, Johannes-Wilhelm Roerig, recommended state authorities step in to clear up the crimes and ensure victims get access to Church files and compensation.

The state “has a duty of care for all children, including those who are in the care of the Church”, he told the Sueddeutsche newspaper.

Predator priests

According to the study, 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors, mostly boys, between 1946 and 2014, intimidating their victims into keeping quiet.

More than half of the victims were 13 years old or younger, the study concluded, after examining 38,000 documents from the 27 German dioceses.

Researchers from three universities who carried out the survey warned that the true scale of the abuse was far greater, as many documents had been “destroyed or manipulated”.

Predator priests were often transferred to another parish, which was not warned about their criminal history.

Only about one in three were subject to disciplinary hearings by the Church, and almost got away with minimal punishment. Only 38 percent were prosecuted by civil courts.

Systemic abuse

The research is the latest in a series of reports on sexual crimes and cover-ups worldwide spanning decades that has shaken the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has found himself embroiled after conservative US Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claimed the pontiff had himself ignored abuse allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick for five years.

Francis has so far refused to respond to the allegations.

He has however announced a Vatican meeting of national Church leaders on the protection of minors, for February 2019.

Joerg Schuh of the Berlin-based Tauwetter center for victims of sexual abuse told AFP TV that “the Catholic Church has a global problem”.

“I would like the Pope to make it his number one topic, and for his Church to really work on it,” he said.

Major abuse cases in Germany have included a Berlin elite Jesuit school and the world-famous Catholic choir school the Regensburger Domspatzen where more than 500 boys suffered sexual or physical abuse.

 

AFP

Edo Police Parades Man Who Defiled On Year Old Girl

The Edo State Police Command has paraded Mr Ifeanyi Nwong, for defiling a one year old girl who was unnamed and Mr Elvis Idemudia who allegedly defiled a 12 year old girl.

The two individuals were paraded alongside 27 other suspected criminals who have been accused of committing offences including kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, armed robbery and pipeline vandalism.

While addressing journalists at the Command headquarters in Benin City, the Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, spoke about the 29 persons who were on parade.

Mr Adebanjo, who paraded eleven suspects for kidnapping, said that the amendment of the kidnapping law and efforts by men under his command would ensure that kidnapping and other crimes would come to an end in the state.

Among those paraded for unlawful possession of firearms was Mrs Atoe who was arrested with a bag containing two hundred and sixty four live cartridges. She claimed that she was in the business of selling cartridges to local hunters.

Two suspects, who were paraded for their involvement in pipeline vandalism, denied committing the crime. Five vehicles loaded with petroleum products were recovered from them.

An AK 47 Rifle, 3 English pump action guns, live ammunitions and cartridges were among items recovered from the suspects.

Adebanjo, who reiterated the Police’s resolve to make the state inhabitable for criminals, called on residents to partner with the force by giving out useful information.

Puberty Determines Maturity For Marriage, Yerima On #ChildNotBride

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Senator Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara state defended his position on the controversial topic #ChildNotBride, an issue he said “is all about the definition of full age”.

The removal of Section 29 (4b) of theNigerian constitution as intended by the National Assembly will leave citizens with Section 29 (4a) alone. This is against Islamic law which states that “any married woman is of full age,” he said, adding that “some don’t know that the provision is available in both the 1999 and 1979 constitutions”.

The Senator who argued his case on the floor of the Senate using Islamic laws as defense, said his position on “any woman who is married shall be deemed full of age” “is provided for in the Quran.”

He cited Chapter four of the Quran to back his argument.

He stated that the “the issue of full age was given based on the maturity, that is, age of puberty of a girl,” adding that he recently discovered that the age of puberty as defined by European laws is given as between 12 and 14.

While arguing his case, he stated that puberty is define by the start of a girl’s menstrual cycle, which may commence at age 9 and “when the breasts are fully mature”.

Asked to set a clear distinction between maturity and puberty, the Senator insisted that “a married woman is a married woman”.

The Child Right’s Act which stipulates the age of maturity as 18 “is not constitutional,” he said, insisting that “once a girl reaches the age of puberty” she is assumed to be matured and determined by her parents and ready for marriage.

On the number of his wives who are under the age of 21, he said that “so long as I don’t do any action that is against Islamic law, I am covered by the Nigerian constitution”.

Police Nabs Man For Raping 4 Year Old To Death

The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.

Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.

Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.

He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.

He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.