Cologne attacks update: German police arrested 1st suspect over New Year's Eve sexual assault case
Jan 19, 2016 04:09 AM EST
German officials have arrested an Algerian man in connection with the New Year's Eve sexual assault case. The man is said to be the first person to be arrested regarding the incident that happened in Cologne.
The sexual assaults that occurred in New Year's Eve added more fuel to the fire in Germany's debate regarding its 'open door' policy for refugees. The Guardian reported that there are now 1.1 million migrants that arrived from impoverished countries to Germany.
The Algerian man, 26-year-old, was arrested in Kerpen. The distance between Kerpen and Cologne was said to be about 19 miles (30km). Prosecutor Ulrich Bremer also said that the police arrested another 22-year-old Algerian who allegedly groped a woman and stole her mobile phone,
According to BBC News, there are already 21 people being investigated at the moment. Police officers from Cologne said that almost all of these people are not related to sexual assault offenses. The numbers of complainants also increased. Almost 900 people have now filed criminal complaints about the events that took place in Cologne, three are said to be rape cases.
Mugging and pick-pocketing were also reported to be among the crimes committed in Germany. These crimes have led many Germans and other countries affected to question the move by their leaders of allowing impoverished men to settle in their country. IB Times reported that these men and their culture treat women as inferior beings. Demonstrations have been conducted all over Germany and some of which turned violent.
Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), passed a new proposal which may reject Algerians and Moroccans migrating to Germany. This will cut the migrant's chance of being granted asylum to virtually zero. The proposal was also intended to reduce the number of arrivals from those countries and make deportations much easier.