Susanna Maria Feldman: Iraqi murder suspect returned to Germany

An Iraqi man who reportedly confessed to raping and killing a German teenage girl has been deported back to Germany.

Ali Bashar, a failed asylum seeker aged 20, disappeared after Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, was found strangled near the city of Wiesbaden last month.

He was detained on Friday in Iraqi Kurdistan and police there say he confessed to the crime.

Armed and masked police officers escorted him to police headquarters in Wiesbaden on Saturday.

“I’m delighted that the suspect will be tried in Germany,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement.

The case has renewed debate in Germany over immigration policy.

The girl’s mother reported her missing on 23 May.

Susanna’s body was found in a wooded area near a centre for asylum seekers were Mr Bashar and his family lived.

She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was widely criticised over her decision to open Germany’s borders during Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. More than a million migrants arrived in the country as a result.

The backlash sparked by her policy helped fuel the country’s far right in last year’s election. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered the federal parliament for the first time

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