Day by day, new information comes to light and the puzzle pieces of Till Lindemann, Shelby Lynn, and Kayla Shyx begin to fall into place. More troubled times are ahead for the trio and there is no turning back. The German public prosecutor’s office investigates Till Lindemann. Does Till Lindemann have to go to jail?
Shelby Lynn has commented on the decision of the Berlin prosecutor’s office as follows:
“I am very happy that our voices are finally being heard and taken seriously…Especially after the actions of the Lithuanian police and Till Lindemann’s lawyers, this development means a lot to us affected people.“
The Lithuanian police had decided not to initiate criminal investigations.
In contrast to the German Code of Criminal Procedure, in Lithuania, there is still an intermediate procedure between obtaining knowledge of a possible crime and the initiation of the prosecutorial investigation, in which the investigating police officer must decide whether criminal investigation proceedings will actually be initiated, according to German-Lithuanian lawyer Mindaugas Jacinevičius. The police may only refuse to initiate proceedings “if the information about the crime is obviously false” or “no act has been committed that constitutes a crime or a criminal offense.”
How is it going in Germany?
The course of criminal proceedings in Germany
If you are a victim of a crime in Germany, you have to go to a lawyer or to a police station in person and file a complaint.
The procedure is always similar. First, the officer at the police station notes all your information. Who did what, when and where? Did anyone see it? If you went to the doctor after an act of violence, for example after a sexual assault or a fight, take the medical records with you. Blood or body fluids can be important evidence, so also bring your unwashed clothes in a plastic bag.
During an interrogation, which usually takes place a few days later, you will be asked again in more detail what happened. A record of the questioning will be made, which you must then read thoroughly and sign. Important: You must tell the police officers as precisely as possible what happened and also say who the accused is if you know.
After your statement, the information will go to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office looks at the information and decides whether to find a criminal case state or to stall the case for various reasons. If the prosecutor’s office does not want to deal with the matter, which can happen very often for various reasons, you have the possibility of a lawyer filing a complaint with a court. In this case, you or the insurance company have to pay the costs.
In the case of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann, Shelby Lynn, and Kayla Shyx, the prosecutor’s office has decided to investigate Till Lindemann.
What possible crimes are involved in the case of Till Lindemann
Various media have reported that the Berlin prosecutor’s office has apparently opened an investigation against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann for sexual assault or suspected sexual assault against fans.
According to the information provided to the Berlin legal committee, the public prosecutor’s office has initiated investigations ex officio on suspicion of Section 177 of the Criminal Code, and there are also several criminal charges against Lindemann from persons not involved in possible acts for various offenses, it was said.
What does paragraph 177 in the Criminal Code say?
Paragraph 177 says:
“whoever, against the apparent will of another person, performs or causes to be performed sexual acts on that person or causes that person to perform or tolerate sexual acts on or by a third person,”
may be punished by imprisonment for a term of six months to five years.
The public prosecutor’s office has confirmed that “preliminary proceedings have been initiated against Till Lindemann on charges relating to sexual offenses and the distribution of narcotics.”
We will share more information about this case in the coming days.