A young Moroccan man, 19, was arrested in Switzerland in connection with the sexual violence committed against women on the night of New Year’s Eve in Cologne, German police said on Thursday, quoted by Le Quotidien.
The young man is considered one of the main suspects of the attacks.
He was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the prosecutor in Cologne, and will accordingly be extradited to Germany to be put on trial.
He was arrested on Wednesday in the company of another man in the Swiss municipality of Kreuzlingen. The identity of the other man remains unknown.
On April 11th, a Moroccan man became the first suspect to be tried in connection with the attacks that shocked the country and drew international condemnation. The charges against him included sexual assault, serious bodily harm and damage to property.
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, most of them nationals of Morocco and Algeria.