ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Ali Bashar, a failed Iraqi Kurdish asylum seeker, has been deported back to Germany after confessing to the rape and murder of a teenage girl, authorities revealed on Saturday.
“I am delighted the suspect will be tried in Germany,” said Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, in a statement. He added he hoped Ali Bashar, 20, would now “rapidly” face trial, according to AFP.
Bashar allegedly murdered 14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman after raping her and dumping her body near the German city of Wiesbaden.
German authorities contacted local authorities in the Kurdistan Region, leading to Bashar’s capture.
Kurdish police arrested Bashar at his relative’s house in the city of Zakho and admitted to raping and murdering Feldman, Duhok city police chief, Tariq Ahmed, told Kurdistan 24.
On Saturday, Bashar was put on a Lufthansa flight to Germany from the Erbil International Airport (EIA), German media reported.
Bild Daily said German police chief, Dieter Romann, who has developed close relations with the Iraqi authorities, had personally travelled to Erbil to facilitate the handover.
Bashar arrived in Germany in 2015 along with his parents and five siblings.
He should have been deported after his request for asylum was rejected in December 2016, but he obtained a temporary residence permit pending his appeal, according to AFP.
“Once we received his information and photos from the [German] Ministry of Interior, we knew to look for him in Zakho and promptly found him,” Ahmed said. “He admitted to killing the girl.”
“He had been staying at a hotel in Duhok and after realizing the police were on his tail, he left for Zakho to stay with relatives. He was asleep when police entered the house at 5:30 am to arrest him,” the police chief explained.
The story has garnered international attention and raised the issue of immigration and the refugee crisis in Germany.
Editing by Nadia Riva