Berlin complains to US over asylum ruling

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25 October 2004 , BERLIN - German Interior Minister Otto Schily has complained to US Attorney General John Ashcroft over a US court ruling to allow a woman to seek asylum after she claimed her family had been subjected to Neo-Nazi attacks Germany.

25 October 2004

BERLIN - German Interior Minister Otto Schily has complained to US Attorney General John Ashcroft over a US court ruling to allow a woman to seek asylum after she claimed her family had been subjected to Neo-Nazi attacks Germany.

According to a report in Monday's Der Spiegel news magazine, an appeal court granted the woman, who has dual German-Afghan nationality, the right to asylum in the United
States after she maintained she was the subject of harrassment.

The woman had convinced the court the German government was "unwilling or incapable of stopping violence against foreigners", the report said without giving a source for the story.

An interior ministry spokeswoman Sunday would not confirm the letter from Schily, but said the US court had been given a "completely distorted" picture of life in Germany.

The ministry hopes the ruling will be overturned in a further appeal hearing, the spokeswoman said.

The Spiegel report says German police have no records of alleged rightwing extremist attacks against the woman, who lived in the northern city of Hamburg.

Now 46, she entered Germany at the end of the 1970s but left for the United States in 1996 because police had shown no interest in following up her complaints, the report said.

[Copyright DPA with Expatica]

Subject: German news

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