December 10, 2019

German Jewish Girl Allegedly Raped, Murdered By Iraqi Refugee

A 14-year-old Jewish girl was allegedly raped and murdered by an Iraqi refugee in Germany, according to German media reports.

The girl, identified as Susanna F., went missing on May 22. Her body was discovered near a railroad line in Wiesbaden on June 7, a city in the western part of Germany. According to media reports, it appears as if she had been raped and strangled to death. The suspect, 20-year-old Ali Bashar, is believed to have been her boyfriend.

Rabbi Aharon Ran Vernikovsky, who leads the Mainz Jewish community, where Susanna was from, told Juedische Allgemeine, “I am as shocked, sad and aghast about the violent death of Susanna as one can be.”

The Central Council of Jews in Germany issued a statement that read, “With deep concern, the Central Council of Jews in Germany heard the news of violent crime on 14-Year-old Susanna from Mainz. A young life has been put in a cruel way. Our deep compassion applies to relatives and friends.”

The suspect seems to have fled Germany, with one German outlet reporting that Bashar headed to Iraq. He is also wanted for robbery at knifepoint, among other alleged crimes.

A second suspect, a 35-year-old Turkish national applying for asylum status, was also detained on the matter but was later released.

More to come.