A rejected Iraqi asylum-seeker has been charged with child rape and murder over attacks on two schoolgirls aged 11 and 14 in western Germany.
Ali Bashar fled Germany after beating, raping and and strangling Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, in a wooded area near his refugee shelter in the city of Wiesbaden last May, prosecutors say.
The 21-year-old had also allegedly twice raped an 11-year-old girl – once in April 2018 after locking her in his room, and again near a supermarket car park the following month.
Bashar went back to northern Iraq but following a public outcry, German federal police hauled him back from Arbil, where he had been arrested by local Kurdish security forces.
Prosecutors also laid charges against an Afghan youth, Manor Q, who was living in the same refugee shelter, for also raping the same 11-year-old girl.
Bashar’s younger brother – who is believed to be in Iraq – had also taken part in a violent sexual assault against the younger girl.
Bashar first arrived in Germany in 2015 along with his parents and five siblings.
He faced deportation after his request for asylum was rejected in December 2016, but he obtained a temporary residence permit pending his appeal.
During this time, he got into trouble with police on several occasions, including for fights, alleged robbery and possession of an illegal switchblade.
In his upcoming trial he also faces charges for a park robbery in which he beat, strangled and threatened with a knife a man to steal his watch, bag, phone and bank card.
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