A man whose death sparked anti-migrant protests in the German city of Chemnitz last summer may have been killed in a drug dispute, according to new claims.
The death of Daniel Hillig in a suspected stabbing by migrants last August set off violent protests which saw neo-Nazis openly giving the Hitler salute on the streets of Chemnitz and a Jewish resturant attacked.
Six months after the incident, the full circumstances of Hillig’s killing remain unclear. He was involved in an altercation on the streets at around 3am. One Afghan man has been arrested in connection with the incident, but the prime suspect, a second Afghan named only as Farhad A under German privacy laws, remains at large.
Details of prosecution documents leaked to the German press this week suggest drugs may have been involved.
An eyewitnesses told prosecutors the dispute began after a man approached Hillig and appeared to ask for a card to chop cocaine into lines to snort, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
The witness claimed the man mimed snorting cocaine and appeared to be under the influence of the drug.
Pathologists also found traces of cocaine in the murdered man’s body, according to German television reports — suggesting he too may have been under the influence of the drug at the time of the killing.