An Afghan man who stands accused of raping and murdering a German student claimed he was 17 years old only to be granted asylum in Germany when he entered on the back of the wave that Chancellor Merkel let into the country, whilst he is in fact 33 years old, a court heard.
Mr Hussein Khavari ambushed 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger in Freiberg in October last year before raping her and eventually drowning her in a river.
Khavari had applied for asylum as an 'unaccompanied minor' when the attack took place, but his father has told German authorities that he is much older. Anyone with eyes could have told you this, but as Germany let about a million asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria enter, not too many checks were made apparently.
In order for everyone at the trial, which has now been running for over a month, to have their say, Mr Khavari’s father was brought in via satellite feed as a character witness. This turned out to be a mistake, as he actually admitted that his son had lied about his age and was in fact born in 1984, making him 33 years old. Already last week dental check had found that the man had clearly lied about his age, as the dentist said with near certainty the man is over 29 years old.
As there is now certainty that he was not a minor when the facts took place, Mr Khavari risks life imprisonment according to the German justice system.
Upon understanding that his lie had been found out, he broke down in court and said: “I want to apologize to the family of Maria. I beg your pardon. I want to apologise to the family of Maria. I wish I could undo it. What I have done, I am sad for from the bottom of my heart.”
Furthermore, it appeared after his arrest that he had already was sought in Greece for attempted murder in Corfu in 2013 before coming to Germany seeking refuge in 2015 as an 'unaccompanied minor.'