Cologne: Asylum seeker hostage-taker was ‘slated for deportation’

The Syrian asylum-seeker who is accused of staging an attack at Cologne’s central train station this week could have been deported years ago, according to media reports on Friday.

The case bears similarities to that of Anis Amri, the Tunisian rejected asylum-seeker who carried out a truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016. Should the reports be confirmed, it could also reignite the debate in Germany over asylum policy and deportations.