Lebanese clan leader Ibrahim Miri, who entered Germany illegally, has been deported to his home country. On Friday, a court had rejected his urgent appeal against the measure.
Lebanese clan leader Ibrahim Miri has again been deported to Lebanon. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Miri was handed over to the authorities in Beirut by the federal police around 10.00 a.m. German time. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stated that he thanked all those involved “that the deportation of Miri was possible as quickly as possible”.
Between 1989 and 2014, Miri was sentenced 19 times in Germany on various racketeering charges – among other things for robbery, grand larceny, receiving stolen goods, embezzlement and drug trafficking. In July he was deported to Lebanon.
He had already been obliged to leave the country for many years. At the end of October, he resurfaced in Bremen, applied for asylum, and was arrested. Miri’s asylum application was rejected as “obviously unfounded” by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Because of the urgency, the asylum application had not been processed in Bremen, but at the BAMF headquarters in Nuremberg.
Asylum application became a political issue
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had reacted to Miri’s return with a decree. The Federal Police strengthened controls at German border crossings. The Federal Police Headquarters announced that people who are banned from entering Germany will be rejected “if they are picked up” at all German internal borders. This applies regardless of whether they wanted to apply for asylum or not. There had already been a rejection in three cases. According to Seehofer, three further cases are being processed.
In addition, the Minister of the Interior announced a legislative proposal. Persons who are banned from entering the country should be able to be detained during their proceedings without further conditions if they were not rejected in the first place.