German authorities have been criticised for waiting almost six months to release pictures of a group of sex attackers.
The four youths were caught on metro CCTV groping a woman and attacking her husband but police said privacy laws meant they had to exhaust all lines of enquiry before they could release the pictures publicly and ask for tip-offs.
Despite the severity of the crime and the thugs being clearly visible on CCTV cameras, the German police did not publish their pictures, with a police chief blaming strict privacy laws.
The four young men allegedly sexually harassed a woman at the Neukolln metro station in the German capital Berlin
Suspects in Germany, even those accused of murder, are identified only by their first name and the first letter of their surname because of the country's strict privacy laws.
As soon as police released images of the sex attack suspects, they were given four names and made four arrests.
On 9th July 2017, four young men allegedly sexually harassed a woman at the Neukolln metro station in the German capital Berlin.
According to local media, one of the four men groped the women between her legs, after which all four attacked the woman's husband.
The man had to be treated by a doctor for his injuries, which were not specified in reports.
The men groped the woman and then attacked the woman's husband during the July incident
As soon as the images were released, a tip off from the public led to their arrest
It was only after no leads were found during investigations lasting almost half a year that Berlin police were able to go public with the pictures.
The decision yielded a result