Afghan refugee who “raped and murdered” a 13-year-old girl in Austria is trying to avoid extradition

A Channel migrant who drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl before killing her tried to use legal techniques to stay in the UK, the court heard today.

Afghan-born Rasuili Zubaidullah (23) is accused of drugging and raping a teenager Leonie Walner, whose body was found rolled up in a carpet in the Austrian capital Vienna last June.

Leonie met Zubaidullah and one of his accomplices in the Danube Canal in Vienna on June 25 last year.

The three took ecstasy and returned to Zubaidullah’s apartment in Donaustadt, Vienna’s 22nd district, where two other men, 18 and 23, joined them.

The men allegedly gave the schoolgirl more drugs to ‘force her to submit’ before they brutally raped her and rolled her body into the carpet. She was then thrown out on the street about 100 meters from Zubaidullah’s apartment, and a hearing hearing was heard in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Austrian police arrested three other men, also immigrants, after allegedly boasting a friend with wild sex with a young girl. The friend immediately reported the act to the police.

Zubaidullah then boarded a ship with refugees and applied for asylum in Britain. According to the court, he gave the Kent authorities a false name on July 18 last year after successfully crossing the English Channel.

He was arrested on July 29 at the Ibis Hotel after the international arrest warrant was issued. For two weeks before his arrest, he lived in a taxpayer-funded hostel in Whitechapel, East London.

At the hearing today, his lawyer, Ben Keith, objected to his extradition under Section 12A of the 2003 Extradition Act, claiming that Zubaidullah “has not yet been charged or tried in Austria.”

Leonie Walner's body was found rolled up in a carpet in the Austrian capital Vienna last June

Leonie Walner’s body was found rolled up in a carpet in the Austrian capital Vienna last June

Rasuili Zubaidullah is accused of drugging, raping and suffocating 13-year-old schoolgirl Leonie Walner

Rasuili Zubaidullah is accused of drugging, raping and suffocating 13-year-old schoolgirl Leonie Walner

He was arrested by police from the National Extradition Force on July 29.

It was originally believed that Zubaidullah had entered Italy before it was clear that he had crept into the United Kingdom.

He appeared in a blue, red and white hooded sweatshirt and gray sweater today in custody for a full extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court.

He spoke through a Persian interpreter and was beside a port officer standing without a mask when a case was brought against him, which involved one charge of rape and the other of serious sexual abuse of a person under the age of 14.

Jonathan Swain, the indictment, said: “This case concerns an arrest warrant issued by the Austrian authorities on July 29 this year. A day later, the National Criminal Agency confirmed this.

“Zubaidullah is suspected of committing two crimes on June 25 and 26 last year, which are described as intentional cooperation with three named persons.

“He forced the alleged victim and forced her into sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse.

“He gave her seven pills of ecstasy before he had vaginal contact with her.”

“It is said that the victim was caught and suffocated until she could breathe and suffocated, and therefore eventually died.

“The second charge concerns the fact that he had sex with her when she was less than 14.”

His lawyer, Ben Keith, objected to extradition under section 12A of the 2003 Extradition Act, claiming that the Austrian authorities had not yet decided to charge Zubiadullah.

He said: “The question is whether this case will actually be prosecuted and whether this defendant will be prosecuted.

“The court could ask for more information or cancel the case.

“We say that the fact that the Austrian authorities tried to interrogate the defendant suggests that the reason they did not go so far is not that the defendant is not in the country, but because he is still in the investigation phase.

“We have enough information to show that no decision has been made on his charges.”

District Judge Michael Snow postponed the verdict to January 12 to give his lawyer – who is isolating himself due to the pandemic – time for a personal meeting with Zubaidullah to discuss whether to appeal if he decides he should return to Austria.

The case has raised concerns that controls on Afghan refugees arriving in the UK are not strict enough at a time when border crossings have reached record levels.


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