German authorities deport 22 Tunisians including Islamic State suspect
A German state government has deported 22 failed asylum seekers to Tunisia, one of whom is suspected of membership in the Islamic State terrorist group, officials said Wednesday.
The Interior Ministry of Saxony, the eastern state which conducted the deportations, said that eight of the 22 deportees had been in police custody before boarding a flight from Dresden to Tunisia.
A government source told dpa that one of the people deported on Wednesday is a 24-year-old man suspected of Islamic State membership.
Prosecutors say that Charfeddine T, whose last name was withheld in line with German privacy laws, was “in Germany to carry out a mission for Islamic State, the details of which are currently not known.”
The government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has been carrying out group deportations in an effort to crack down on criminal asylum seekers and deter would-be migrants with little chance of being granted asylum.