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Josef Fritzl in court

Yesterday started the first day of the trial against Josef Fritzl in Lower Austrias provincial capital St. Pölten. Fritzl showed himself quite shy. He was hiding his face behind a blue filing folder.

He tried to ignore journalists and gave absolutely no comments. During the trial he has told the judge about his childhood. He was abused by his mother and had no friends. It was told that he seemed to be close to break out in tears. The process was held in camera.

Josef Fritzl made a partial confession. He confirmed that he has raped his daughter and made her pregnant several times. Fritzl also said that he has inhibited her attempts to escape. “Deprivation of liberty and incest are true”, he said.

But the defendant denied the charges of murder and slave traffic.

The defender of Josef Fritzl said to the lay judge that no emotions are desirable for their verdict. The statements of the victims were shown on video. Victim protection is very important in this trial.

2 Kommentare zu “Josef Fritzl in court”

  1. P. H.

    Josef Fritzl´s wife and children won´t give any evidence in the case. Amazing, really. Why?

  2. Frank

    Austrian crime law should be revised. It’s soft on criminals, it’s tough on journalists.

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