German court rejects US soldier’s asylum application

A Munich court on Thursday rejected a US soldier’s application for asylum in Germany.

Andre Shepherd, 39, deserted the Katterbach Kaserne military base in southern Germany in 2007 after he was ordered to do a second tour in Iraq. Shepherd had told the court he feared he would be forced to become involved in war crimes if he went.

The court dismissed Shepherd’s case, however, ruling that he had not exhausted all available avenues to leave the military before deserting.

The presiding judge, Josef Ruber, also said Shepherd was unable to prove he would have been confronted by war crimes had gone back to Iraq.