The German authorities yesterday came up with yet another version of how the alleged terrorist died. The latest account is that Grams was killed not with a police weapon but with his own pistol. (There had been early official suggestions that Grams had committed suicide; subsequently that was ruled out.)
Several press reports, quoting witnesses, have talked of Grams being deliberately killed by members of the GSG-9 anti-terrorist unit when he was already lying wounded. One participant was quoted as saying 'Grams' killing was like an execution.'
The contradictory accounts could still be reconciled if a member of the GSG-9 picked up Grams' weapon and fired it. Hans-Ludwig Zachert, president of the Bureau for Criminal Investigation, said yesterday that a GSG-9 member said he had removed Grams' pistol while he was lying wounded on the ground and put it on the platform (the shooting took place at a small railway station) 'because of the still-existing danger of suicide'. Another wanted terrorist, Birgit Hogefeld, was arrested during the same operation; a member of the anti-terrorist unit was killed.
The Chancellery minister, Friedrich Bohl, said yesterday he was 'highly dissatisfied' with all the chaos and the mutual recrimination, for example between the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Prosecutor's office. 'I expect all authorities not to push the blame on to each other,' he said.Reuse content