Suspect in murder of Susanna F. alleged to have raped another child

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AFP/DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 3 Jul, 2018 Updated Tue 3 Jul 2018 16:18 CEST
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Ali B., who is charged with the rape and murder of 14-year-old Susanna in Mainz in May, is now believed to have raped another child on two occasions.

On Tuesday, the Wiesbaden Prosecutor’s Office stated that the Iraqi asylum seeker allegedly raped an 11-year old at a refugee home in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim in March.

Together with another suspect, a 14-year old from Afghanistan who had been a lead witness in the case of Susanna F., he is said to have raped the girl again in May.

The Iraqi-born Ali B. had already been suspected in May of raping the girl at a refugee shelter, said prosecutors, but the allegation lacked substantial evidence.

The prosecutor's office wanted to issue an arrest warrant on Tuesday against Ali B., who has been in custody since June, on a charge of double rape. An arrest warrant was already issued on Monday for the 14-year-old suspect.

The body of Susanna F. was found at the beginning of June, two weeks after her disappearance. Ali B. confessed to killing her, but denied raping her.

The incident led to a heated debate in Germany, as B. had left for Iraq with his parents and siblings in early June despite being a suspect in the case. It was a major embarrassment for German authorities, leading critics to argue the country’s asylum policies had plunged into chaos.

Ali B. was arrested in Iraq by Kurdish security forces and escorted by German Federal Police back to Germany.

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