Afghan jailed for German teen murder

Afghan jailed for German teen murder

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Journalists gather in front of the district court building, prior to the verdict in the trial of Abdul D in Landau, Germany. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Abdul D was tried in a juvenile court in the south-western city of Landau

A German court has sentenced an Afghan migrant to eight and a half years for killing his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend.

Abdul D, as he is identified, admitted to stabbing Mia V to death in Kandel in December.

Prosecutors believe he acted out of jealousy after Mia, a German citizen, broke up with him.

The case sparked national outrage, leading to far-right groups holding anti-migrant protests.

Demonstrations have also gripped the city of Chemnitz, after a fatal stabbing involving migrants last month.

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What happened to Mia?

Mia dated Abdul for several months before ending the relationship a few weeks before her death, prosecutors said.

She was stabbed seven times with a kitchen knife outside a shop on 27 December.

She and her parents had previously gone to the police about Abdul’s harassing and threatening behaviour.

The murder trial was held behind closed doors in a juvenile court, where prosecutors sought a maximum term of 10 years.

The Afghan said he was 15 at the time, but an expert medical assessment ordered by prosecutors said that he is likely between 17 to 20 years old.

He arrived in Germany in April 2016 and had his request for asylum rejected in February 2017.

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Protests against migrants

The case is among a number high-profile crimes committed, or allegedly committed, by asylum seekers, which have stoked anger against migrants and put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her liberal refugee policy.

Regular demonstrations have been held in the south-western town of Kandel, home to 9,000 people, by the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in an attempt to bolster its anti-migrant campaign.

On the other side of the country – in the eastern city of Chemnitz – thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest in recent weeks, after a German-Cuban man was stabbed to death there on 26 August, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi.

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Media captionProtests in Chemnitz turned violent last week

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