Berlin Possibly to Deport Assailants Behind New Year's Eve Attacks

© REUTERS / Wolfgang RattayA police vehicle patrols at the main square and in front of the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, January 5, 2016.
A police vehicle patrols at the main square and in front of the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, January 5, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Germany may deport assailants responsible for the New Year's Eve attacks across the country, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Thursday.

Migrants and refugees crowd in a line as they wait for their registration at central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers LaGeSo (Landesamt fuer Gesundheit und Soziales - State Office for Health and Social Affairs) in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
Refugees Suspected of Attacking Women at Cologne New Year Celebration
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On New Year's Eve, dozens of women in several German cities, including Cologne and Hamburg, were robbed, threatened and sexually assaulted by small groups of aggressive men allegedly of Arab and North African origin.

"[A sentence of a year or more in jail] is basically for sexual offenses absolutely possible. Deportations would be quite conceivable," Maas told the Funke media group in an interview.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister of North-Rhine Westphalia Ralf Jaeger said police had identified the first three suspects after a number of sexual assaults on women near the Cologne Central Station on New Year's Eve.

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