Germany to release details of Cologne mob violence probe

German authorities are on Monday set to release the first details of their probe into a rash of assaults on New Year’s Eve blamed on migrants, as police revealed that the number of complaints filed has topped 500. Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, is expected to unveil the details when he faces a grilling by regional lawmakers over the crime spree against women that has piled pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her liberal stance towards refugees. After far-right protests erupted in Cologne during the weekend, a sister group of the xenophobic PEGIDA movement is due to hold another rally later Monday in the eastern city of Leipzig.

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