German court decided not to enforce a verdict against Hartmut Hopp, hand by the Chile court for the leading abuse of “Colonia Dignidad” cult allegations in the sexual abuse of the children and minors.
Hopp, 74 year old was a close aid of ex-nazi and was convicted of pedophile Paul Schäfer who founded “Colonia Dignidad” in Chile in 1961. There many children and youth faced sexual abuse with the cults’ leadership that eventually led to facing charges against weapons smuggling, unlawful imprisonment and usage of drugs. During the era of military dictator Augusto Pinochet the colony also suffered the torture site by the secret police where dozens were killed at the sight.
The verdict was overturned by last year’s court decision on this Tuesday.
According to the Düsseldorf judges Chilean authorities failed to prove Hopp with the criminal activities under German law. It was not proven that he “at least objectively made it easier”, said the court.
“The ruling is an invitation to all the pedophiles of the world to seek refuge in Germany,” Hempel, Hopp’s representative said.
In turn, Hopp’s lawyer Helfried Roubicek said that this verdict had vindicated his client and “hopefully returned Hartmut Hopp some of his dignity.” After escaping to the town of Krefeld, Hopp has been “shun, insulted and excluded from daily social life” and he faced protests in front of his home, Hempel added.
Ruling party also discriminated this with opposition and lawmakers in the German parliament with the left party deputy Jan Korte and described it as “slap in the face” for the victims. After declaring Hopp legally free man, “the government should promptly take all possible steps to finally investigate the perpetrators, both in Chile and Germany”, he added.
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