Iraqi asylum seeker, 22, is imprisoned for life for rape and murder of German girl Susanna Feldman
A rejected Iraqi asylum seeker in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.
A court in Wiesbaden found Ali Bashar guilty and sentenced him to life behind bars on Wednesday.
The possibility of release after 15 years, as is common in Germany, will most likely be excluded due to a & # 39; certain severity of fault & # 39 ;, the Bild newspaper reported.
The four-month case led to a national debate on German refugee policy and to protests against migrants across the country.
A rejected Iraqi asylum seeker in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl (Pictured: Ali Bashar covers his face as he enters the courtroom in Wiesbaden on Wednesday, July 10)
A court in Wiesbaden found Ali Bashar (photo) guilty of the murder of Susanna Feldman and sentenced him to life behind bars on Wednesday
Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, from Mainz was missing for more than 10 days by a widespread search in May of last year
Bashar defeated, raped and strangled Mrs. Feldman, from Mainz, in a wooded area near his refugee shelter more than a year ago.
Her body was then buried in a shallow grave covered with leaves, twigs and soil, near railway lines.
She missed a spark for more than ten days with a widespread search in May of last year.
Her remains were found by the authorities two weeks later on June 6, 2018, after a tip.
By that time, Bashar and his family had left Germany for northern Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq.
However, he was arrested by Kurdish security forces and, despite the absence of a formal extradition treaty between Baghdad and Berlin, returned to Germany.
Bashar & # 39; s condemnation marks the end of the four-month lawsuit that sparked a heated debate about the nation's refugee policy.
Bashar is said to have arrived in Germany in October 2015 during the global migration crisis.
That year, Angela Merkel's government introduced an & # 39; open door & # 39; refugee policy, which was abolished three years later.
Bashar & # 39; s asylum application was rejected in December 2016, but despite this, he received a temporary residence permit pending his appeal.
Merkel later admitted in a TV interview that & # 39; the case shows how important it is that people who do not have residence rights are quickly confronted with a court and can be sent home quickly & # 39 ;.
The condemnation of Bashar marks the end of the four-month trial that triggered a heated debate about the nation's refugee policy
Bashar is also accused of a park theft in which he allegedly hit a man with a knife, strangled and threatened to steal his watch, bag, phone and bank card
Bashar is also accused of a park theft in which he allegedly hit a man with a knife, strangled and threatened to steal his watch, bag, phone and bank card.
He is confronted with a separate lawsuit on March 19, accused of raping an 11-year-old girl twice, once in April 2018 after he had locked her in his room, and again near a supermarket parking lot month.
At the far right of Germany, Bashar has become a symbol of the threat allegedly caused by a wave of mainly newcomers from the Middle East.
Before the trial, the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party again accused the big coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel or & # 39; GroKo & # 39; for the death of Mrs. Feldman.
& # 39; The problem is not & # 39; the right & # 39; but the knife-man-immigration caused by the GroKo which has caused more and more bloody crimes & # 39 ;, the party wrote in a Facebook post.
The AfD became the largest opposition party when it entered parliament in 2017, a wave of public anger over sexual attacks and other violent crimes committed by some recent migrants.
In another case last year, the fatal stabbing of a German man in the eastern city of Chemnitz, reportedly by immigrants, led to outbursts of mob violence where extreme right-wing extremists chased people of foreign appearance through the streets.
Police escorts Bashar to a helicopter for transport back to prison after a hearing at the court in Wiesbaden in June last year
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