Wrong­fully de­ported asy­lum-seeker re­turns to Ger­many

Gulf Times - - EUROPE -

An Afghan asy­lum-seeker who was wrong­fully de­ported from Ger­many was back in the coun­try yes­ter­day.

The 20-year-old landed at Berlin’s Tegel air­port at 2.16pm (1216 GMT) yes­ter­day, a spokes­woman for the fed­eral po­lice told DPA.

Af­ter pass­ing im­mi­gra­tion con­trol he was picked up by a col­league of his lawyer.

He is ex­pected to reg­is­ter with the au­thor­i­ties in the north­east­ern state of Meck­len­burg-Vor­pom­mern to­day.

Na­si­bul­lah S, as the man was named un­der Ger­man pri­vacy rules, was one of 69 peo­ple de­ported to Afghanistan on a char­ter flight from the south­ern city on Mu­nich at the start of July.

Be­cause of an on­go­ing le­gal process at the ad­min­is­tra­tive court in the city of Greif­swald, he should not have been de­ported.

He has launched a le­gal chal­lenge to the re­jec­tion of his claim to asy­lum in Ger­many and has yet to have his day in court.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Horst See­hofer had wel­comed the de­por­ta­tion when it hap­pened, writ­ing: “On my 69th birth­day of all days, 69 peo­ple were de­ported back to Afghanistan. That is well beyond what has been usual so far.”

One of the de­ported Afghans hanged him­self in Kabul, earn­ing See­hofer crit­i­cism for his seem­ingly heart­less re­mark. He re­jected the crit­i­cism. Na­si­bul­lah S’s case came to light two weeks af­ter his de­por­ta­tion.

The Fed­eral Of­fice for Mi­gra­tion and Refugees (BAMF) ad­mit­ted a “pro­ce­dural er­ror”.

See­hofer said the BAMF had misiden­ti­fied the man.

The Ger­man for­eign min­istry had pro­vided the man with safe ac­com­mo­da­tion near Kabul.

Last Wed­nes­day, he was taken to the Pak­istani capital Islamabad where he re­ceived a visa for his on­ward jour­ney to Ger­many via Istanbul.

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