Populist Govt Asks Police to Stop Concealing Nationality of Sex Offenders

Sept 28, 2018

Austria’s conservative-nationalist coalition government wants police to be more transparent about sex attackers, and to reveal their nationality and whether they are an asylum seeker as a matter of course.

Standing guidelines from the Justice Ministry advise that the ethnic and religious background of criminal suspects “should only be indicated when it is absolutely necessary for understanding the event in question” — leaving the public in the dark more often than not.

But the interior ministry, led by Herbert Kickl of the nationalist Freedom Party (FPO), which serves as the junior partner in Austria’s new populist coalition government, wants to change this, according to Deutsche Welle.

The German public broadcaster, citing Austrian media, reports that the interior ministry is now asking police to “proactively” release more information on sex offenders, in particular, “especially with crimes committed in public with considerable degree of violence or coercion or when there is no connection between the perpetrator and the victim.”

The e-mail to law enforcement outlining the request explicitly requests that sex offenders’ “status of residence and whether they are an asylum seeker” is made clear to the public as a matter of course.

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This article was posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:18 am

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