Hanau Commission of Inquiry starts work | free press


A parliamentary commission of inquiry has been set up in the Hessian state parliament into the racist attack in Hanau. He must clarify whether there has been a possible failure of the authorities during and after the crime.

Wiesbaden (dpa) – The inquiry commission of the Hessian state parliament into the racist attack in Hanau has started its work. At Wednesday’s constituent meeting in Wiesbaden, SPD MP Marius Weiß was appointed chairman.

On February 19, 2020, 43-year-old German Tobias R. shot and killed nine people for racist motives, after which he presumably killed his mother and eventually himself. The Commission of Inquiry should focus on a possible failure of the authorities in the brutal act.

“The terrible murders in Hanau on February 19, 2020 deeply shocked us all,” Boris Rhein (CDU) of the state parliament said at the body’s first meeting. Parliamentary processing is therefore very important. Commissions of inquiry are the Parliament’s own right and also the most powerful means of controlling the executive branch.

The commission of inquiry is taken very seriously, emphasized Weiß. Green MP Frank-Peter Kaufmann was appointed Vice-Chairman. The commission was requested by the opposition factions of the SPD, FDP and Left. The CDU and Greens government factions approved the request, while the AfD voted against.