Tobias ?not prime suspect
German lawyer sends fax to Star TOBIAS SUCKFUELL was not a prime suspect 'at the moment' over the death of Simone Strobel in Lismore in February this year, a German lawyer claiming to represent the 24-year-old has said.
Roland Muller wrote in a fax to The Northern Star: "The German investigators have named my client as a suspect for six months without telling why. Every question for it was denied.
"As far as I'm informed, nobody knows the cause of death of Miss Strobel. How can it be a murder?
"I'm wondering why the German investigators arrive in Australia and the first thing they do is hold a media conference, repeating that my client is suspected.
"Your readers may think now it is true because it was said so by the German District Attorney.
"But, Mr Suckfuell is not a prime suspect at the moment.
"By German law prime suspects have to be arrested. But Mr Suckfuell is living in South Africa after he has been forced to move there after being named a suspect.
"Do the German investigators want to become Australian media stars? I don't believe.
"Shall it influence Australian witnesses?
"I don't hope so because this kind of investigation would be unfair.
"What about the 'show' at the Lismore Continental Club?
"What do the Germans hope to find after more than three-quarters of a year, what Australian police have not found yet. What a shame, sorry for them."
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Steve Clarke told The Northern Star that police had no comment on Mr Muller's statement.
Det Insp Clarke also said police had no comment when asked if the removal of black plastic sheeting around the area at the Lismore Continental Club where the body was found meant that the German investigators had finished their Lismore inquiries.
Meanwhile, it could not be confirmed yesterday whether Germany and South Africa had an extradition treaty.
A spokeswoman for the German consulate in Sydney told The Northern Star she could not say whether any treaty existed.
She made several attempts to contact consular staff but none were available.