Parents of dead “gorch fock” cadet file suit in karlsruhe

parents of dead 'gorch fock' cadet file suit in karlsruhe

Her lawyer, rainer dietz, told the dpa news agency on friday that the complaint had already been filed in karlsruhe. The parents wanted the former commander and the doctor of the "gorch fock" to be investigated on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

The officer in charge, jenny boken, fell into the north sea 15 kilometers off the island of norderney during a night watch. The public prosecutor’s office spoke of a tragic accident, but could not conclusively clear the cause. In another case, a female cadet fell to her death from the rigging in 2010.

Boken was unfit for deck duty, according to her medical records, but the doctor still let her serve, dietz said. "Through this breach of duty, he has increased the risk extremely." The commandant is accused by the parents that the young woman had not worn a life jacket and was unsecured in windy seven and 15 degrees water temperature.

The parents had previously tried to force the indictment before the higher regional court, but had failed. This violates the effective protection of rights enshrined in the basic law, dietz said in justification of the complaint. In addition, the state is not fulfilling its obligation to investigate the deaths comprehensively and impartially.

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