An asylum seeker has been jailed for life for the rape and murder of a woman in Germany in a case that fuelled tensions over the influx of migrants.

It is reported that Hussein Khavari, who claimed to be Afghan, admitted to attacking student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the south-western city of Freiburg.

After his arrest, it emerged that Khavari had already been convicted to 10 years in jail in Greece in 2014 for attempted murder after pushing a woman off a cliff but he was freed in October 2015 due to overcrowded prisons.

He fled via Austria to Germany, where he arrived with no documents a month later, claiming he was 17 years old.

The murder shocked Germany and fuelled the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy, which allowed more than one million migrants and refugees into the country in 2015.

 

-BBC