The lawyer of a rejected Afghan asylum seeker in Germany, has filed criminal charges for defamation, insult and slander against the head of the CSU state group in the Bundestag, Alexander Dobrindt.
Dobrindt had previously spoken of an “anti-deportation industry” in the country. “I do not feel described by the term, but I feel offended and insulted by him,” Michael Brenner told regional newspaper, the Fränkischen Tag.
The CSU is regarded as a mainstream party in Germany and is part of Chancellor Merkle’s union.
Brenner together with other asylum attorneys, reported Dobrindt. At the same time he defended himself and his colleagues. “In the interest of my clients, I use the means given to me by German asylum law. Not more but also not less.”
The Afghan asylum seeker, Asef N made headlines at the end of May 2017 nationwide, after the Bavarian police had failed to deport him from a Nuremberg vocational school to his homeland. His classmates had protested against his deportation along with violent left-wing extremists in front of the school and also attacked police trying to do their duty.
After his arrest, the Afghan threatened with an attack: “In a month I’m back here to murder Germans”. According to the Central Franconian district government, which was responsible for the deportation, the migrant had previously repeatedly behaved uncooperatively and refused eight times to participate in the procurement of his passport from Afghanistan.
When he later applied for a residence permit, he submitted an Afghan passport issued in 2007 to the Central Immigration Office. This made it clear that he had deceived the authorities for years. “In that sense, this is a criminal offense,” said government president Thomas Bauer (CSU) at that time. “According to the applicable immigration law, the man is therefore a criminal.”
Brenner contradicted the claims: “I think this charge is construed, because the passport in the end was there.” But Brenner did not explain why the migrant had refused to show his passport on request.
At present there is no obligation to leave the country for the 21-year-old, after the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) accepted a new application from his lawyer. A decision has however not yet been made. Due to the incidents in May 2017, Asef N is also under criminal investigation for assault charges and property damage.