Ali Bashar is expected to be questioned later today regarding the crimes to which he has already confessed.
Susanna Feldman Photo Credit: Facebook screenshot
The Iraqi asylum seeker who was arrested for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Jewish girl in Germany was extradited to the European country on Saturday after fleeing with his family to his native state. The 20-year-old suspect, Ali Bashar, confessed to the crimes after he was arrested by Iraqi police over the weekend.
“I’m pleased that the wanted suspect is now back in Germany,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said yesterday. “For the family of the girl, this is a very small consolation, and my thoughts are with them in these difficult hours. But for the country and society, it’s important that these crimes be investigated and those responsible held accountable.”
14-year-old Susanna Feldman was raped and murdered about two weeks ago in Wiesbaden. Her body was discovered on Friday by local police. Bashar is expected to be questioned by German investigators on Sunday.
According to Germany, the crime was not an anti-Semitic attack. Bashar told the Iraqi officers who arrested him that he and Feldman were friends and that he killed her over an argument during which she threatened to call the police.
Feldman’s body was found in a wooded area close to a railroad in the outskirts of Wiesbaden, where law enforcement authorities believe Bashar and another suspect who is also in police custody buried the body after committing the crime.
Bashar was refused asylum two years ago by Germany but able to remain in the European country despite his rejected request. Bashar, who arrived in Germany in 2015, was already known to police after being linked to a series of crimes, including an alleged knife robbery in March.