In Brief: Trial begins in 2019 killing of youngest son of former German president

Prosecutors accuse the 57-year-old defendant of stabbing Dr. Fritz von Weizsäcker, who was a prominent liver specialist in Berlin.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Benjamin Restle

The start of the Berlin trial of the accused killer of the youngest son of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker ended after a few minutes yesterday.

The 57-year-old defendant is from the western city of Andernach. He is identified per German privacy rules only by his first name, Gregor, and the first initial of his last name, “S.”

Prosecutors accuse him of stabbing Dr. Fritz von Weizsäcker, who was a prominent liver specialist. He was stabbed in the throat as he gave a lecture last November.

The defendant denied in court having psychiatric problems like the prosecution contends, and has asked to testify.

He is also accused of attempting to kill an off-duty policeman who tried to save the 59-year-old doctor.

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The German government is still trying to repatriate hundreds of Germans stuck overseas because of COVID-19.

The foreign ministry told German news agency dpa that many hundreds of German vacationers remain stranded in Morocco, as regular flight and boat connections have been suspended because of the pandemic.

The ministry said hundreds of other German travelers are stuck in South Africa, Argentina and Pakistan.

The German government has repatriated some 240,000 of its citizens in a major airlift that began on March 17.

German officials have issued a warning against all non-essential travel for now.

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Construction began yesterday on a much delayed and controversial monument in Berlin to German reunification.

One of the designers, Stuttgart architecture firm, Milla & Partner, explains the “Citizens in Motion” monument resembles a scale and will tilt based on the number of visitors inside.

But the memorial, located in front of the future Humboldt Forum, has critics complaining about major cost overruns and red tape.

It was originally scheduled to open on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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