After murder of freiburg student: unaccompanied multiple offender

The suspected murderer of women in Freiburg is said to have been convicted in Corfu. The police now confirmed that the fingerprints were identical.

The crime scene: At the Dreisam in Freiburg, candles commemorate the crime Photo: dpa

The suspected murderer of Freiburg student Maria L. apparently already committed attempted murder of a woman in Corfu in 2013. This was revealed by research conducted by Stern. His lawyer at the time also confirmed his identity based on photos, according to agency reports. "Yes, this is the young man I defended in 2013. I have no doubts," lawyer Maria-Eleni Nikopoulou told dpa. According to the report, Hussein K., who is currently serving time in Freiburg on suspicion of murder, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Greece in 2014. Apparently, the Greek authorities released him after only one and a half years.

Freiburg police meanwhile confirmed:The fingerprints of the man who is said to have been convicted there are identical to the urgent suspect in the case of the 19-year-old student, investigators said Thursday. "It is one and the same perpetrator," a police spokeswoman said. That’s what a comparison of the fingerprints with those in a Greek database showed, she said. The information had been passed on to the Freiburg police by the Federal Criminal Police Office.

K. allegedly attacked a young woman on the Greek Mediterranean island and threw her down a cliff. She survived seriously injured. The case also caused a stir in the Greek media. Even then, there were doubts about the age of the accused, which he had already given as 17 in 2013. Also in Freiburg, K. stated that he was 17 years old. He would thus also fall under juvenile criminal law in Germany.

The man had been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment in Greece in May 2014 for attempted manslaughter and was released on parole at the end of October 2015 with reporting requirements. The Suddeutsche Zeitung had previously reported on this. The suspect is accused of raping and murdering a Freiburg student in October.

This raises questions for the Greek authorities: Why was the young man released after such a short time in prison? How was he able to leave Greece despite police restrictions?

German authorities will have to explain how Hussein K. was able to be placed in a foster family as an unaccompanied refugee minor without being recognized by youth welfare services. There are currently only scanty answers to this question.

According to experts, the youth welfare procedure is not designed to identify offenders among refugee minors. This is because, in contrast to asylum applications, the law does not currently provide for extensive identity checks for unaccompanied refugee minors (UMA), who only apply for residence status but not asylum.

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