İrem UZUN -TDO- Fritz von Weizsäcker, a prominent doctor and the head of a private Berlin clinic, was attacked while giving a medical lecture on Tuesday night. A 57-year-old man is in custody after he jumped up from the audience at the Schlosspark-Klinik and attacked Fritz von Weizsäcker with a knife last night.
Witnesses said the attacker was sitting in the front row of the packed lecture room as Fritz von Weizsäcker addressed colleagues and patients. The man lunged at the doctor with a knife and stabbed him repeatedly.
An off-duty policeman in the audience attempted to stop him but was seriously injured in the process, police said. He was being treated in hospital. About 20 members of the audience then tackled the man to the ground as he attempted to flee.
The suspect reportedly told police he wanted revenge on the family for the role the chemicals company Böhringer allegedly played in providing poisonous chemicals used in the Vietnam War. Richard von Weizsäcker was the company’s chief executive in the 1960s before he entered mainstream politics.