Sexual Harassment in Cologne on New Year's Eve Prepared - Justice Minister

© AP Photo / Thibault CamusAfghan migrants stand in the "Jungle" of Calais, northern France, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.
Afghan migrants stand in the Jungle of Calais, northern France, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. - Sputnik International
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A series of assaults on women in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve had been planned in advance, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On New Year's Eve, dozens of women in Cologne were robbed, threatened and sexually assaulted by small groups of aggressive men mostly of Arab and North African origin.

"No one can tell me that it hasn't been agreed or prepared. We urgently need to find out how such heinous crimes happen," Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

A man holds up a sign reading No violence against women as he takes part in a demonstration in front of the cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, on January 9, 2015 where sexual assaults in a crowd of migrants took place on New Year's Eve - Sputnik International
Number of Claims to Cologne Police Raises to 400 Over New Year Unrest

Over 170 women have filed criminal complaints over the New Year’s Eve events in Cologne so far, including 113 for sexual assault. Investigators have identified a total of 32 suspects, with most of them being migrants or asylum seekers.

Several similar New Year's Eve incidents mostly related to sexual harassment were reported in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Berlin.

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