Germany may deport assailants responsible for the New Year’s Eve attacks across the country, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Thursday.
On New Year’s Eve, dozens of women in several German cities, including Cologne and Hamburg, were robbed, threatened and sexually assaulted by small groups of aggressive men allegedly of Arab and North African origin.
“[A sentence of a year or more in jail] is basically for sexual offenses absolutely possible. Deportations would be quite conceivable,” Maas told the Funke media group in an interview.
On Wednesday, Interior Minister of North-Rhine Westphalia Ralf Jaeger said police had identified the first three suspects after a number of sexual assaults on women near the Cologne Central Station on New Year’s Eve.