Did Germany ignore thousands of leads on possible war crimes by asylum seekers?

Thousands of pieces of evidence suggesting war criminals were seeking asylum in Germany were left unprocessed according to a report published Thursday in the mass-circulation Bild daily, citing a parliamentary inquiry by the opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Between 2014 and the beginning of 2019, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) referred up to 7,000 cases of “crimes under international law” to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Attorney General. However, only 129 cases were investigated.

An Interior Ministry spokesperson told the newspaper that the “large number of referrals prevented immediate investigation of each case.” That was most notable in 2015 and 2016. About 3,800 referrals were made during this period, but only 28 were probed further.

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