Iraqi Kurdish man charged for rape, murder of German teen Susanna Feldman
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Prosecutors in Germany on Wednesday charged an Iraqi Kurdish man who admitted to murdering a German teenager last year.
Ali Bashar, 21, was charged for beating and raping 14-year-old Susanna Feldman on May 23, 2018.
Prosecutors in Germany also charged Bashar for the rape of an 11-year-old child.
The failed 21-year-old asylum seeker had twice raped the 11-year-old at a refugee home where he lived in Wiesbaden, western Germany, once in March and again in May, according to a report by Metro.
There are also reports in the media which claim one of the Iraqi Kurdish man’s brothers, who remain in Iraq, had also raped the 11-year-old.
The Feldman murder, dubbed the “Susanna Case,” sparked controversy in Germany regarding the country’s migrant policy.
Following the murder, Bashar fled Germany to the Kurdistan Region before police in the Duhok governorate arrested him after Berlin issued an arrest warrant. He later admitted to killing Feldman.
Duhok city police chief Tariq Ahmed told Kurdistan 24 in June that the suspect had confessed to murdering Feldman following interrogation by Kurdish security authorities.
According to Ahmed, Bashar and the German teen were friends who were “on a trip to the woods” where “they consumed a lot of alcohol and drugs” before getting into an argument where the girl then tried to call the police.
Fearing a severe charge if the police showed up as the teenager was under 18, Ahmed said the Iraqi “choked her and buried her beneath the dirt.”
After his confession, the Iraqi Kurdish man was deported back to Germany and taken to a Frankfurt jail.
Although Bashar claimed at the time that he did not rape the 14-year-old, an autopsy of Feldman’s body revealed signs of a violent and sexual attack.