A rejected refugee who allegedly stabbed his 15-year-old girlfriend to death in Germany goes on trial today for murder.
By – Nic White
Abdul Mobin Dawodzai is accused of stabbing Mia Valentin, 15, seven times in the heart with a 20cm kitchen knife he bought minutes earlier on December 27.
Mia broke up with the Afghan teenager, whose age is not exactly known, at the beginning of the month, which prosecutors argue prompted the murder.
He then began a campaign of online harassment and even beat up one of her classmates at their school in Kandel in a fit of jealousy.
Mia’s parents became so concerned they called police on December 15 and officers visited Abdul after he ignored a summons and warned him off.
Hours later he followed her to a drugstore and allegedly stabbed her in front of horrified staff and customers.
Abdul claimed to be 15 but his true age was hard to pin down as young refugees often claimed to be underage to get better treatment.
An examination and x-rays of his bones given to prosecutors in February found he was at least 17.5 years old but could be up to 20.
He entered Germany in April 2016 and though his application for asylum was rejected in February 2017 he was not deported.
The case shocked the small town in a left-wing area with a long history of welcoming refugees and migrants with open arms.
Many took the murder as a personal betrayal as Abdul was embraced by Mia’s family before their breakup.
The far-right Alternative for Germany quickly organised several marches through the town, which have been carried on by anti-immigrant group ‘Kandel is everywhere’.
Mia’s murder followed a similar case where Maria Ladenburger, the 19-year-old daughter of an EU official, was raped and murdered.
The two cases are frequently used to criticise Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy that brought more than 1.6 million into Germany in three years.
Ms Merkel is facing a revolt from her own Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that could lead to her being ousted as early as this week.
Mr Seehofer wants to send back migrants who have registered in other EU countries but the Chancellor refused to dump her longstanding policy.
The minister’s Christian Social Union, in coalition with Ms Merkel’s party, meets on Monday to decide a course of action.
He has the nuclear option of seeking approval to shut Germany’s borders immediately in defiance of Ms Merkel, or the less aggressive choice of giving her an ultimatum of two weeks to sort out a deal with other EU nations.
Either course could force Ms Merkel to sack him, which could make her position as Chancellor untenable, MPs in her own party claimed.
Ms Merkel wants two weeks to try to strike bilateral deals with partners, such as Italy and Greece, on migrants and to make progress at an EU summit on June 28-29 on an EU-wide policy.
But the CSU is facing tough state elections in its heartland of Bavaria in October and doesn’t want to wait any longer to sort out the government’s position.
Mr Seehofer now seems to favour giving Ms Merkel until after the summit to get an EU-wide deal done, but is likely to take action if she fails.
Read more: From 2018/06/12