German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday more foreign criminals would be expelled once new restrictions are rolled out in the wake of sexual attacks on women blamed on migrants in Cologne.


Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere outlined plans on Tuesday to speed up the deportation of foreigners who commit physical and sexual assaults, resist police or damage property – crimes which mostly carry probationary sentences but do not trigger expulsion under current law.


“There will certainly be more deportation orders as a result of changes to the law because we are lowering the requirements for a deportation,” Maas told German television channel ARD.


Germany would still not deport people who come from countries where war is raging or where they could face the death penalty or torture, he added.




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