The second trial of 22-year-old Ali Bashar, who previously confessed to killing the 14-year-old girl Susanna Feldman, kicked off in Wiesbaden on Tuesday.
This time, Bashar faces accusations of the alleged rape of an 11-year old girl. According to the public prosecutor at the regional court of Wiesbaden Sabine Kolb-Schlotter, another person aside from Bashar, a 14-year-old boy, is also charged in connection with the crime.
"It would have been wrong to treat it as one case. And it would have been problematic to draw a 11-year-old victim into a homicide case of Susanna's dimension. We had to take the protection aspects into account," said Kolb-Schlotter while explaining the reason behind a separate case.
During the previous trial on March 12, Ali Bashar admitted to have killed Feldman, whose dead body was found on the outskirts of Wiesbaden last year. The defendant, who arrived in Germany in 2015 as an asylum-seeker from Iraq, reportedly said that he had met Feldman through a mutual acquaintance three months prior to the incident and that the two would spent time together.
The suspect denied raping the girl, claiming that he had a consensual sex with Feldman prior to her killing. He also said that he was not aware of Feldman's age.