Afghan asylum seeker Hussein Khavari was sentenced to life in jail in Germany Thursday after he was convicted of raping and murdering the beautiful teen daughter of an EU official – but he may only spend 15 years behind bars.
Khavari attacked medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in Freiburg in October 2016. Khavari had told authorities he was only 17 years old, but teeth examinations revealed him to be between 22 and 29 years old. His deceased father said he is 34.
Khavari stalked Ladenburger as she rode home from a party one night, shoved the teen girl off of her bicycle and then bit and choked her. He then raped her repeatedly and left her to drown on the bank of a river.
Germany’s privacy laws prevent full disclosure of Khavari’s identity. Before murdering Ladenburger, he had been sentenced to 10 years in jail in Corfu, Greece, for attempted murder because he pushed a woman off a cliff in 2013. Greece let him leave prison in 2015 due to overcrowding.
German officials allowed Khavari to enter the country in 2015 as a registered asylum seeker. He claimed he was 16 or 17 years old and was sent to live with a family near Black Forest, where he attended a local school and received state benefits.
Ladenburger’s father is a senior legal adviser to the European Commission in Brussels. The murdered teen had spent much of her time volunteering to help migrants in shelters and homes.
Judge Kathrin Schenk gave him the maximum sentence of life in prison and condemned the man’s extreme “lack of empathy.” However, under German law, a life sentence means only 15 years of confinement. After those 15 years, Khavari could be ordered to stay in “security detention” if he is determined to be a threat to society.
The judge said there’s almost no chance that Khavari can be rehabilitated. “You would have to become an entirely different human being,” she said.
It took authorities seven weeks and a massive manhunt to track down Khavari after the gruesome murder.
Khavari was spotted on a security camera, and his DNA linked him to the scene.
Angry social-media users blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy after Ladenburger’s murder, sending sarcastic “thank you” messages for her actions in bringing at least a million refugees and migrants to Germany in 2015.
The refugee policy has become such a heated issue that prosecutor Eckart Berger had told two jurors and three judges “on trial is a criminal offender and not Germany’s refugee policy.”
Khavari told the court that he had smoked hashish the night he murdered Ladenburger. He said he held the teen’s mouth closed, choked her with a scarf and pushed her unconscious body into the water.
“When I saw how pretty she was, I wanted to have sex with her,” Khavari admitted, but he claimed he was too drunk to do so.
In a statement in court, he said: “I want to apologize to the family of Maria. I beg your pardon. I want to apologize to the family of Maria. I wish I could undo it. What I have done, I am sad for from the bottom of my heart.”
Khavari said he has nightmares every night about the gruesome rape and murder: “I live with the agony of what I did, and this torment destroys my life by and by.”
The man said he dragged Ladenburger’s body into the water “because I wanted to wash her blood from me.”
However, prosecutors said Khavari had actually pre-planned the murder, and a psychiatric professional warned that he is showing fake remorse, according to the London Daily News.
The psych expert said there is a “high risk” that Khavari will commit similar crimes in the future because he has a “great and persistent readiness for violence, an interest in aggressive sexual practices and a hostile attitude toward women. Moreover, he does not show remorse and compassion to the suffering of other people.”
As WND reported just months ago, the German government is now attempting to stem the tide of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to the country after spending the better part of the three years welcoming them.
The flood of immigrants to Germany has been accompanied by an explosion in knife crimes, reported Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“In recent months, people armed with knives, axes and machetes have brought devastation to all of Germany’s 16 federal states,” he said late last year. “Knives have been used not only to carry out jihadist attacks, but also to commit homicides, robberies, home invasions, sexual assaults, honor killings and many other types of violent crime.”
He said knife-related crimes “have occurred in amusement parks, bicycle trails, hotels, parks, public squares, public transportation, restaurants, schools, supermarkets and train stations.”
The “surge,” he said, “is drawing renewed attention to the deteriorating security situation there since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to allow win more than a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”