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SULAIMANI – Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (June 13) that there is no legal basis to deport back to Germany an Iraqi man suspected of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl.
Baghdad and the German government have no agreement on the deportation of individuals wanted by both sides, said Ahmed Mahbub the spokesman for Iraqi Foreign Ministry.
It is for the Judicial Ministry to decide whether someone would be deported to another country, he added.
An Iraqi man who reportedly confessed to raping and killing a German teenage girl was deported back to Germany earlier this week.
Ali Bashar, a failed asylum seeker aged 20, disappeared after Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, was found strangled near the city of Wiesbaden last month, according to the BBC.
He was detained on Friday (June 8) in Iraqi Kurdistan and police there say he confessed to the crime.
Armed and masked police officers escorted him to police headquarters in Wiesbaden on Saturday.
“I’m delighted that the suspect will be tried in Germany,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement.
The case has renewed debate in Germany over immigration policy.
Police in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region say they arrested Bashar in his home region of Duhok after being contacted by the German authorities.
Susanna’s body was found in a wooded area near a center for asylum seekers were Bashar and his family lived.
She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.