Germany: Iraqi ‘refugee’ who raped and murdered 14-year-old Jewish girl gets life sentence
A German court has convicted an Iraqi rejected asylum-seeker of raping and murdering 14-year-old Jewish girl Susanna Feldmann and sentenced him to life in prison.
The court in Wiesbaden, in western Germany, ruled on Tuesday that the crime committed by 22-year-old Ali Bashar, was especially egregious, making it less likely that he will ever be paroled.
In his ruling, the judge said that he had not displayed any indication of true remorse and that his apology to Susanna’s mother could not be taken seriously. “Your words did not reach the panel of judges, or anyone in this court,” he said.
“I have already received a life sentence, although I am not guilty,” Diana Feldmann wrote in a letter to her daughter’s killer that was cited in local media. “What was done to my daughter can never be forgiven.”
The Iraqi murderer, along with his parents and five siblings, first arrived in Germany in 2015, the year that saw the peak of the immigrant influx that would bring more than one million Muslims to Germany.
His request for asylum was rejected in December 2016, but he obtained a temporary residence permit pending his appeal.
In May 2018, the Iraqi murderer, raped and strangled Susanna to death after five hours of savagery in a wooded area near his refugee shelter in Wiesbaden.
He then buried her body in a shallow grave and covered her with leaves, twigs, and soil. When Susanna was found two weeks later, the murderer and his family had left Germany for Arbil in Iraq.
After a public outcry, the murderer was arrested by Kurdish security forces, and the German federal police hauled him back from Iraq.
In a separate case, Bashar and a 14-year-old Afghan Muslim refugee stand accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. That case is being tried in juvenile court and is ongoing.
Last May, WELT newspaper reported on the trial of Ali Bashar: “He complains that he now has too few cigarettes, too few TV channels, and no vacations. He had only killed one girl, all girls in Wiesbaden were ‘sluts'”, German journalist Gisela Friedrichsen reported.
Before the trial, an expert asked him what he liked about Germany. He replied that one could get money without working, that one could have sex without having to fear vengeance, and that one could drink alcohol and deal in drugs.
In order to get to the young inexperienced girls, Bashar sent his then 13-year-old brother to “trap girls”. He seemed to be harmless and was able to attract teenagers. Once the confidence had been established, Bashar appeared on the scene, always looking for “virgins”, apparently always armed with a knife and ready to use violence.