Cologne police chief fired as witness says NYE violence was coordinated
German government says 18 of 31 people identified by police as having played role in events were asylum seekers, but none suspected of sexual assault
Cologne’s police chief has been removed from his post amid criticism of his force’s handling of a string of sexual assaults and robberies carried out by groups of men in the German city on New Year’s Eve.
His enforced departure came as a witness to the violence told the Guardian the events appeared to have been coordinated. Lieli Shabani, 35, said she saw three Arabic speaking males who were “clearly giving instructions and directing a lot of the males”.