A Moroccan goes on trial in Germany for Cologne attacks

A Moroccan goes on trial in Germany for Cologne attacks

A Moroccan man is the first suspect to go on trial in Germany for alleged sexual assault on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, German press agency DPA reported on Monday.

The 33-year-old man, identified as Toufik M, is accused of being among a group of men who groped a woman in central Cologne.

The charges against him include sexual assault, serious bodily harm and damage to property.

Only one other person, an Algerian man, has so far been formally charged with sexual assault in relation to that night’s attacks.

The 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations saw hundreds of reported sexual attacks, thefts, and at least five rapes mainly in the city of Cologne. All of the incidents involved women being surrounded and assaulted by groups of men, mainly from North Africa.

The attacks, that shocked the country and drew international condemnation, sparked a debate in Germany about how to deal with the influx of migrants and asylum seekers, mainly from the Muslim world.

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