Mr. Jost, a former German Federal prosecutor, slammed the methods of the Berlin State Criminal Police Office (LKA) officers saying in his 72-page report that officers were “inadequate”, “belated”, “failing”, and “unprofessional”. The special investigator said that if police had done their jobs properly, there was a “high probability” the attack could have been thwarted, Der Spiegel reports.
One of the most damning findings of the report was that LKA officers only kept an eye on failed Tunisian asylum seeker Amri on weekdays and did not bother to watch what he was doing on weekends or holidays.
Jost said that while Amri’s radical Islamic activities were not serious enough to put him behind bars, LKA investigators squandered an opportunity to arrest and deport him in connection with his drug dealing activity.
The reason Amri was never prosecuted for drug trafficking, according to the report, was a total lack of communication between branches of the police and the prosecution services. In the end, no service wanted to be responsible for Amri and his case never proceeded to court.
The Berlin authorities were not the only ones deeply criticised in the report. According to Jost, when Amri was in Baden-Württemberg he was caught in possession of a pair of fake Italian ID cards. Despite it being a crime, Amri was released by authorities in Friedrichshafen without charge.
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