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Germany: deportation would have prevented murder in Dresden

DRESDEN. The head of the Saxon State Criminal Police Office (LKA), Petric Kleine, defended the actions of the security authorities in the case of the Dresden knife attack. The authorities had exhausted all means to avert such an act. The murder could have been prevented "if a deportation had been carried out," said Kleine at the press conference in Dresden on Thursday.

The reason was the arrest of a suspect in the case of the knife attack in Dresden. A 20-year-old Syrian is accused of stabbing a vacationer in the city center in early October.

The convicted suspect was released from custody five days before the offense. He came to Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied refugee. In his asylum home, he is said to have recruited supporters for the terrorist organization IS.

24-hour surveillance is not an effective measure
The young man had been classified by the LKA as an Islamist threat. In July, the responsible authorities still had the probability that he would commit crimes again as "high". According to Bild, he is said to have threatened a Christian refugee to "slaughter" him for his belief.

A round-the-clock surveillance is legally possible, but not provided, said the head of Saxony's constitutional protection chief Dirk-Martin Christian. They assumed that the suspect would first “organize his private life”. In his opinion, a 24-hour observation would have been unsuitable to avert such an act. "That is just a bitter realization," affirmed Christian.

Seehofer wants to check the end of the deportation stop to Syria
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) now wants to check a possible end to the general ban on deportation to Syria. "I will strongly advocate that we check whether it is not possible to deport to Syria in the pacified areas, but so far the assessment of the Foreign Office has been different," said the CSU politician.

The interior ministers of Bavaria and Saxony had previously called for deportations to Syria to be made possible again. The protection of the population has top priority.

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