The incident of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped and raped by a group of Middle Eastern refugees turned out to be fake. The girl herself admitted that the story was “made up”. A family of Russian immigrants living in Berlin was involved in this incident which further aggravated the diplomatic relations between Germany and Russia.
The parents of the teenager, named only as Lisa in German media reports, reported her missing on the 11th of January after she failed to appear in school. She re-appeared a day later with injuries to her face, and told her parents she had been kidnapped by men of Middle Eastern or north African appearance. This news spread through the social media raising anger and outrage amongst Berlin’s Russian-German community.
Three days later, when Lisa was interrogated by trained specialists, “she immediately admitted that the story of the rape was not true,” said the spokesman for the state prosecutor, Martin Steltner. He added that the girl was afraid of going home after her parents were contacted due to an incident that occurred in her school.
Previously, there were also reports of mass ual assaults allegedly carried out by migrants in Cologne which further fueled the turmoil of Lisa’s incident. A Russian-German community group staged a protest while the far-right National Democratic party also demonstrated in Marzahn.
Moreover, the situation got worse when a Russian state TV reported that the girl’s relatives had asserted that her allegations were not being probed.
According to The Guardian, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, criticized the Berlin authorities. “The news that she disappeared was kept secret for a very long time,” he told a press conference.
When Lisa’s mobile phone records were checked, it appeared that she had spent the night with a friend, who was not considered as a suspect in this case.
The teenager’s mother told the Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday that Lisa was “doing very badly” and was being treated in a psychiatric ward.
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