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New Charge Against Russian Reporter In Fake Berlin Rape Report

The Berlin Prosecutor's Office is examining a second charge against a reporter for Russia's Channel One television who is alleged to have made a slanderous report that incited hatred against refugees in Germany.

German lawyer Martin Luithle told RFE/RL on February 16 that he is representing policeman Wolf Reyscher, who is charging Russian reporter Ivan Blagoy with slander against German police.

Blagoy made a TV report on January 16 about the 30-hour disappearance five-days earlier of Lisa, a 13-year-old Russian-German girl in Berlin.

Lisa's story became a sensation when she reappeared and claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by refugees. She later admitted her story was untrue.

Media reports about the story led to small antimigrant demonstrations in German cities and caused tensions between Russia and Germany.

Luithle first filed a criminal complaint against Blagoy on January 22, claiming the Russian's report led to incitement of hatred against migrants.

The Berlin Prosecutor's Office says the two complaints against Blagoy are being examined to see if they merit going to trial.

Blagoy, who lives in Berlin, could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty of incitement.