German trial opens for migrant accused of rape
The district court has opened a trial against the young migrant accused of raping and killing a 19-year-old female medicine student in the southwestern German city of Freiburg last year, in a case that fueled a nationwide debate about the country’s migration policy.
Defendant Hussein K. is led into the court room in Freiburg, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Source: The Associated Press.
The trial started Tuesday for asylum-seeker Hussein K. in Freiburg.
The victim vanished in mid-October on her way home in Freiburg. Her body was found in a river. The suspect was linked to the crime through DNA evidence and video footage from near the scene.
The suspect arrived in Germany in 2015 without identity papers. He told authorities he was 17 and came from Afghanistan, but two studies commissioned by prosecutors indicated he was at least 22 at the time of the crime.