Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Sudanese Refugee Kills French Immigration Official after Asylum Request Rejected

Sudanese Refugee Kills French Immigration Official after Asylum Request Rejected

Friday, 19 February, 2021 - 17:45
Police officers stand at the entrance of the Isard COS Reception Center for Asylum Seekers (CADA) in Pau. (AFP)

A Sudanese refugee stabbed and killed an employee at a center for asylum seekers in the southern French city of Pau on Friday after his request for political asylum was rejected, authorities said.

A police source said the Sudanese asylum seeker killed the director of the center by stabbing him repeatedly in the throat. The assailant had arrived in France five years ago and had committed acts of violence with a knife in 2017, the source said.

“This is a terrible drama, all the more so because the victim spent his entire professional life helping migrants and asylum seekers,” Pau mayor Francois Bayrou said on France Bleu radio.

“The man’s asylum request had been rejected, and for good reasons. He then turned against the head of the service, this is extreme and absurd violence,” said Bayrou, adding that the suspect had previously spent time in jail.

The police source said the assailant’s demand for political asylum had been rejected but that it was not clear whether this was the motive for the murder. It was also unclear whether it was the head of the center who had notified him of his request being rejected on Friday morning.

French media reported that the alleged assailant had been arrested.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was heading to the asylum seekers center in Pau and was expected to speak to reporters later on Friday.

Editor Picks