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Majorca. The Cohn brothers leave the prison. “emotional moment”.

After almost two months in custody in Mallorca, the Munsterland cone brothers are free again. About a day that will last but no less important.

By Ingo Wohlfeil, Eva Ruhlmann, Michael Wrobel, and Peter Felder

The drama that started on May 20 ended shortly before midnight. That Friday, 13 bowling buddies from Munsterland set off for a weekend in Mallorca, which for some of them unwittingly extended to 56 days. It is said that immediately after the arrival, the men burned the roof of the restaurant with cigarettes, which caught fire. Then they were arrested. On Saturday night, the final eight bowlers were allowed to begin their return to freedom.

The shepherd shines. “Today is a good day,” he says. “I’m celebrating my 27th wedding anniversary and at the same time the boys are finally free, what could be better?” To mark the day, he wore the jersey of his favorite club, Eintracht Frankfurt. Holmfried Braun, 54, has been a member since 1974. There is also something very special as a wedding dinner. a bag full of burgers he brought from McDrive, which he and his wife, Pastor Martje Mechels, eat in the sun out front. in the barren prison yard.

Brown and Mechels are pastors of the Protestant community in Mallorca. One of their tasks is to take care of the prisoners, and they have been working very intensively on this task in the last two months.

From day one, he and his wife looked after just 13 Munsterland youths and eventually eight youths accused of serious arson in Majorca. Now the shepherds have reached the end of their journey. The mission is almost complete.

“The first two weeks were the most difficult.”

A small group of people gathered outside the Center Penitenciario, a prison in Palma, early Friday evening, including German consul Wolfgang Engstler, 53, lawyer Maria Barbancho, 31, and three relatives of the inmates. D.’s couple, son Tim’s girlfriend, from Albakhten.

“The first two weeks were the hardest,” says Father D. “There was a lot of nonsense going around. Despite her joy, you can see how stressed she’s been over the past two months. He keeps trying to catch his heart. The situation is weighing on him. What makes him happy? “All the German sympathy was just overwhelming.”

“We are just waiting for the clerk of court to make the decision to release him from prison,” said Consul Engstler. This is still happening in Mallorca on non-digital official channels. And that can take time.

Rock music from across the Hippodrome de Pardo racetrack echoes up to the walls of the prison. The sun is setting. Nothing happens for hours. Out of boredom, family members take pictures of themselves in front of Guardia Civil cars, waiting journalists turn into chain smokers, caregivers report exemplary behavior of Germans while in prison. “The guard joked that they could stay longer.” They worked on the distribution of food, cleaned the windows, did everything without a murmur. It is also said that there was strong group cohesion where the strong supported the weak. In the last few meters one of the eight caught Corona, but in a very gentle course.

At 22:57, a masked man appeared in the prison area. It’s Tim D. He’s holding a red beach bag. Inside his things. He signs his cease and desist papers. Two minutes later he is free. His parents and girlfriend run to him. Tim falls into his girlfriend’s arms and greets his parents warmly. Photos taken, live video for friends who were at home, spellbound, anxiously awaiting their release. Father D. asks for your understanding that they do not want to say anything to the present journalists. “It’s just an extremely emotional moment, we ask for your understanding,” she says politely but firmly.

Two Civil Guard officers then ask everyone present to leave the prison premises. It is already late, for security reasons, please wait in front of the entrance. And so the parents, the consul, the pastor and Tim are at the noisy freeway entrance to wait for the remaining seven. The situation is by no means characterized by absolute joy, it seems to be tense when the next two boys leave the prison wing fifteen minutes later. They are pale. Your skin glows with the heat that captures all of Mallorca. Everyone hugs silently. Then the two get into one of the three cars provided. Mobile phones are delivered immediately. To call home.

Majorca. No cigarettes for freedom

Gradually, more and more people are released from prison. It is 23:51 when the last of the eight is greeted with joy. Calm and sincere. “They are a bit upset, they didn’t know they were going out until dinner.” says Pastor Brown. And then waited five hours. And although they were treated well in prison, the situation on release was tough, rough and tough, reports one eyewitness. “That’s why the boys are not as euphoric as one might expect.”

Pastor Brown says goodbye. “We will all meet for service. Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Cala Ratjada.” He laughs and gets into the car. Then everyone drives together. As RTL has learned, it immediately went to the viceroyalty of Playa de Palma, where the eight will also spend the night. But first there was a beer toast and freedom was celebrated. According to RTL, smoking was not allowed.

Majorca.  All the cone brothers have been released and are free to leave prison

The Kohn brothers returned home Saturday morning. German consul Wolfgang Engstler confirmed this to the German press agency. “Bild” reported that the line car with hobby bowlers landed in Münster. The arrest on the arson charge was lifted by a Spanish judge on bail of 12,000 euros for each person. But the Germans are not out yet. If found guilty, they could face years in prison.

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With the material of DPA news agency

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