Josef Fritzl's incest kids refuse to testify against him    2008-07-18 05:07:52    

London, July 18 : Austrian incest fiend Josef Fritzl's kids with his daughter have refused to testify against their dad.
Austrian incest fiend Josef Fritzl's kids with his daughter have refused to testify against their dad.

Such a development could cause a setback of the case against him.

The 73-year-old Fritzl has confessed to imprisoning his daughter Elisabeth, 42, in a cellar dungeon beneath his home in the town of Amstetten for over 24 years, and fathering seven children with her.

One of the children died at birth in 1997 and Fritzl burned his body in an oven.

Elisabeth has completed testifying against her dad and reportedly reinstated her earlier statement given to police, in which she accused him of rape and abuse and for indirectly causing the death of her newborn.

But her two adult children, whose testimonies were supposed to be included in the charges, are said to have refused to give evidence, in accordance with their rights guaranteed by Austrian law.

"It is not clear when or if the two adult children will be questioned. It now appears possible that they could use their right not to make any statements," Telegraph quoted prosecutors' spokesman, Gerhard Sedlacek, as saying.

Fritzl selected three of his children with his daughter - Lisa, 15, Monika, 14 and Alexander, 12 - to live with him and his wife Rosemarie in their upstairs apartment, while the other three siblings - Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18 and Felix, five - were left to dwell with their mother in the dank cellar never seeing the light of day.

Prosecutors want to use the testimonies of Kerstin and Stefan to reinforce the basis for the charges against their father.

Fritzl is facing charges of manslaughter for the baby that died, as well as rape, abuse, incarceration and incest. (ANI)
© 2007 ANI

TAGS: World-news   

Gambia confirms exit from Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games

Following Gambia's sudden withdrawal last week from the Commonwealth of Nations, the country confirmed today they have withdrawn from the Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place next year. This leaves 70 countries and territories competing in the Games.

CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government shutdown

Unlike some parts of the US Federal Government, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been open during the federal government shutdown and recording a record-low number of complaints submitted by consumers against mortgage companies, credit card companies, student loan providers, banks, money transfer providers, companies who provide credit reports, and other companies providing consumer loans.

Walgreens helps developing countries with up to 3 million life saving vaccines
16.Sep 2013
The largest drugstore chain in the U.S. has made a commitment of providing up

Miss America Pageant Crowns First Indian-American Winner
16.Sep 2013
Nina Davuluri of New York state has won the 2014 Miss America pageant in

Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season
16.Sep 2013
With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are

WikiLeaks Trial of US Soldier to Begin

Scores Killed in China Slaughterhouse Fire

Highly preserved mammoth presents scientists with blood sample Highly preserved mammoth presents sci

House Approves $982B Budget to Fund US Government

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies aged 58