Migrant Convicted of Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old Received Asylum Status Despite Known Criminal History
A 37-year-old Palestinian migrant, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, was given asylum status despite a criminal record stretching back to when he first entered Germany in 2014.
The Palestinian, who claimed to be from Syria, attempted to rape a 10-year-old girl last June and was convicted of child abuse at a court in Tübingen and sentenced to five years and nine months in prison, Sternreports.
What confused many was the fact that the man, despite a long record of criminal behaviour, had been granted asylum status by the German Federal Office of Refugees and Migration (BAMF) in April of last year.Chalid M., whose name has been changed to protect his identity, arrived in Germany in 2014 without a passport and applied for asylum in March of that year.
In September, he was caught trying to steal headphones from an electronic store, then later some mp3 players. He attacked a 16-year-old girl a short time later, attempting to steal her mobile phone. In December, he grabbed a female cyclist, later remarking that he “missed sex”.
When brought up on various charges he blamed alcohol abuse, saying he was drunk in each instance, but was sentenced to 18 months in prison in May 2015.
A year later, an official from BAMF interviewed Chalid M., asking him details about Syria, where he claimed to have lived. Doubts were cast on whether he was Syrian given his sparse knowledge of the country.
On June 22, 2016, his asylum claim was rejected but he was given “subsidiary protection” — meaning he could stay in Germany until the war was over but could not bring his family. The verdict was then challenged in a lawsuit which saw a review of his case and an approval of asylum status in April of 2017.
It was later revealed that the judge who decided on the asylum claim was not informed of the Palestinian’s prior convictions or arrests.
The German asylum system was largely overwhelmed as a result of the migrant crisis and the number of lawsuits against asylum decisions has skyrocketed, clogging up the court system.