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Investigator at the crime scene
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Albanian arrested over killing of Israeli in Berlin

German police apprehend suspect in Czech Republic, seeking killer of Israeli found dead; victim had reportedly sought help.

German police said Friday that a man has been arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of killing an Israeli whose body was found in a ruined Berlin church last weekend.



Berlin police said the 28-year-old Albanian, whose name wasn't released, was arrested Friday evening in Usti nad Labem, near the German border.


Police tape at the scene of the crime (Photo: spreepicture)
Police tape at the scene of the crime (Photo: spreepicture)


They say the Albanian met the victim, 22-year-old Yosi Damari, at a Berlin hostel where the Israeli had checked in on April 3, and suspect he carried out the killing the following day. They issued a European arrest warrant.


Police said the motive remains unclear. Germany will seek the suspect's extradition.


Damari's body was found by passers-by early Sunday morning. He had suffered massive head injuries.


Israel's embassy in Berlin said Thursday that the victim had approached it last week to seek help in buying a plane ticket home.


A Berlin rabbi said the man approached the Jewish community last Friday asking for food and a place to sleep.


Berlin police said that they believe he was killed on Saturday evening


פרסום ראשון: 04.10.15, 23:40
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