Germany to review 100,000 asylum cases after soldier poses as refugee

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 01.06.2017 18:45
Updated 01.06.2017 19:00
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visits base where Franco Albrecht was stationed. DPA Photo
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visits base where Franco Albrecht was stationed. DPA Photo

Up to 100,000 decisions to grant asylum to migrants in Germany will be re-evaluated after a soldier was granted asylum through a fake identity as a Syrian refugee, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday.

Franco Albrecht, a 28-year-old German soldier, posed as a refugee, and managed to secure a spot at a refugee home and receive state financial aid. German authorities allege he was part of a far-right plot to assassinate political figures and then blame refugees.

"This is unfortunate, and this must lead to further consequences," Maiziere said, calling for better quality control.

Authorities will now review 100,000 successful cases from 2015 to 2016, in particular cases of young men between the ages of 18 and 40.

"This measure is a very extensive, very important and very necessary for security," Maiziere said.

According to German interior minister, Albrecht's case was isolated and no "comparable case" has been found.

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