A photograph appearing to show a refugee being abused at a home for asylum seekers has caused outrage in Germany. The image has been compared to those from Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Police are now investigating six cases of abuse at three different centres.
Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia, where all six reported abuse cases took place, moved to tackle the scandal on Tuesday.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier Hannelore Kraft said she was “dismayed” and “ashamed” about what had happened, while interior minister, Ralf Jäger, is set to unveil stricter checks on security guards at refugee reception centres.
Of the three centres where abuse took place, two were managed by the firm European Homecare who sub-contracted security to a Nürnberg firm called SKI.
Two officers were carrying out routine checks at an arcade in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, late last week when they found the man who was wanted under an arrest warrant playing a slot machine.
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