A fourth Afghan asylum seeker wanted in Austria for the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 13-year-old school girl has been found and arrested after making his way to Britain, it has emerged.
Three fellow Afghan asylum seekers had already been detained by Austrian authorities for an attack that sparked public outrage in Austria, leading to the country’s political leaders vowing to deport migrants who break the law.
A fourth man believed to have been involved in the gang-rape and murder of the teenager evaded capture but was arrested in London on Thursday under an international arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Police Office of Austria, according to a spokesperson for Austria’s public prosecution office.
It is not known how the man came to arrive in Britain and how he managed to do so undetected.
This site was one of few in the UK who covered the news after the school girl’s bruised body was discovered by passers-by leaning against a tree next to Viktor-Kaplan-Strasse in Vienna on June 26 at approximately 7am. She was found strangled with her body dumped in a green strip close to one of the suspects’ apartment in Vienna-Donaustadt.
Foreign media reported how one of the suspects, an 18-year-old Afghan migrant had arrived in Austria back in 2015 and had committed previous offences – including drug trafficking and brawling – for which he had his asylum application rejected and a deportation notice issued.
The attack shocked the nation and swiftly became a political issue, with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemning the “barbaric attack” and pledging to ensure those responsible are “punished with the full force of the law.”
On the wider issue of crimes being committed by migrants, Kurz said he finds it “intolerable for people who come to us, say they are seeking protection and then commit cruel, barbaric crimes in Austria.”