BERLIN (Sputnik) — Pre-trial detention of five Russians arrested in Cologne for fighting Spanish tourists has been extended on the basis of their potential failure to appear in court if released, a spokesperson of the Cologne prosecutor's office said Tuesday.
"We proceed from the assumption that if released from custody, they [Russian nationals] can fail to appear in court. Just for this reason the pre-trial detention has been prolonged," the spokesperson said.
Five Russian nationals were detained on June 16 in the city center and the sixth one at the airport while trying to leave for Ibiza. They are suspected of involvement in a fight with three Spanish tourists two of whom were injured.
On June 17, the police of Cologne released the Russian who was detained at the airport while five others remain detained.