Despite the fact that the Ansbach suicide bomber had spoken extensively about his plans to launch an explosive attack to kill Germans, left wing activists and politicians banded together to prevent Mohammad Daleel from being deported.
Daleel blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, having heard he would be sent to Bulgaria after his asylum claim in Germany was rejected. Already in 2015, a psychological expert had described the Syrian as an “extreme spirit”. He was also said to have spoken intensively about his suicidal and murderous intentions.
One of the MPs who campaigned for Daleel to stay in Germany was Left party MP Harald Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg sent a letter to Ansbach requesting the town refrain from deporting the 27 year old.
“Again and again, activists helping refugees approached me, asking me to help rejected refugees,” Mr. Weinberg said, adding: “So it was in this case.”
The MP stated that while he has a “bad conscience” when thinking about the victims of the attack in Ansbach, “with the information I had then [about the case], I would make the same decision [to campaign for Daleel to remain in Germany] again today.”