Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed calls for an inquiry into historical murder allegations against an elderly German immigrant.
Dolph Fittler (main picture) of the inner-Sydney suburb of Balmain has been accused of killing several, perhaps millions, of people in the 1930s and 1940s.
Mr Fittler, now 131, called a news conference where he identified himself as the person being accused in recent news reports and on social media as being responsible for the murders while he lived in Germany.
While vehemently rejecting the claims he caused some temporary confusion among reporters after one asked him if he was responsible for any killings and he replied; “Nein!”.
Once he clarified his answer, a tearful Mr Fittler continued: “I can say categorically that what has been put in various forms in allegations, simply did not happen.”
Mr Fittler criticised calls for an inquiry into his alleged involvement in past killings, saying it would force him to prove his innocence of events almost 90 years ago that had never happened.
“Nothing in the allegations that have been printed ever happened,” he declared while raising his right arm and holding his palm skyward before walking out of the news conference.
A statement by NSW Police said the case was now closed because there was “insufficient admissible evidence” to investigate, largely because the many people Mr Fittler was accused of murdering were long dead.
Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra that there was no precedent for an independent inquiry into allegations which dated back so far.
He also said now that police had closed the case there was no other process to investigate the matter.
“There is not the mob process. There is not the tribe-has-spoken process,” he said.
When asked who might pass judgement on the people and matters involved, Mr Morrison raised his right arm and held his palm skyward before walking out of the news conference.