Suspect Arrested in Murder of Israeli in Berlin

Albanian nabbed in Czech Republic on suspicion of having brutally beaten to death Israeli tourist at a Berlin church.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 8:02 PM

Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany (illustration)
Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany (illustration)
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An Albanian man was arrested Friday in the Czech Republic on suspicion of beating to death an Israeli tourist in Berlin, German police said.

The victim, identified by police Thursday as 22-year-old Yosi Damari, was found by passersby early Sunday beaten beyond recognition in the ruins of a Gothic church, reports AFP.

Berlin police say no motive has been found for his horrific murder, which had taken place the previous day, although suspicions were raised due to the timing around Passover and Easter and the location of the crime being in an abandoned church.

It took several days for police to confirm the identity of the battered man, using his passport and DNA testing.

After discovering contact between the Israeli and a 28-year-old Albanian man at a nearby hotel prior to the murder, a Europe-wide warrant was issued and the suspect was arrested by Czech special forces in Usti nad Labem, near the German border.

The Israeli man's body was found in the ruins of the 14th century Church of the Franciscan Monastery, which was destroyed during World War II. The site is near City Hall and Alexanderplatz, which has seen an increase in violent crime in recent years including two high-profile killings of young men.

Long shunned as the city where the Holocaust was planned, Berlin has seen a mass influx of young Israelis in recent years attracted by its low rent, food costs and famed nightlife, a trend given an ironic light following the brutal murder of the young Israeli Damari.