As I reported last week, an Eritrean pushed two people in front of a train in the railway station in Frankfurt, killing one of them. Now it emerges that there is no surveillance footage of the crime: the camera aimed at the platform in question experienced a technical failure.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating excerpts from this article from FOCUS Online:
Security camera was defective: Security breakdown during platform attack in Frankfurt
Reporter Axel Spilcker
August 7, 2019
On the morning of July 29, when a 40-year-old Eritrean pushed a mother and her eight-year-old son in front of a arriving ICE [train] on Platform 7, a surveillance breakdown occurred at Frankfurt Central Station. According to information made available to FOCUS Online, the camera that was to record what happened on the platform was defective.
A second camera was aimed solely at the travel hall of the terminus. Consequently, the crime could not be recorded, but only the escape by the suspected murderer. While the mother was able to save herself, any help for her son came too late.
The spokeswoman for the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office did not want to comment on this breakdown. Only this much: “We have video recordings, and these are now being evaluated.” The public prosecutor did not want to disclose what exactly the recordings contained.
Similar mishap in 2012 in Cologne
Security gaps have been a major problem in rail traffic for years. A similar incident occurred during the failed bomb attack at Bonn Central Station by an Islamist in December 2012 on Track 1.
The seven cameras of Deutsche Bahn did not have the platform in view. Ultimately, investigators secured footage of the perpetrator only with the help of a neighboring McDonald’s branch. Only the camera in the fast-food restaurant on platform 1 had recorded the wanted person. At that time, the then-Federal Minister of the Interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU), had pushed for the expansion of video surveillance in public places, but had failed due to resistance from his liberal coalition partners and the opposition in the Bundestag.