Afghani man suspected of raping and killing an underage girl arrested in Austria

Police at the scene of the murder in Austria. (Picture: Sky News)

An Afghan man has been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl in Austria. He faces extradition.

Rasuili Zubaidullah, 22, arrived in the UK on a refugee boat and applied for asylum under a false name just weeks after the girl was discovered dead in Vienna.

He was held for two weeks in a hotel in Whitechapel, east London before Austrian police alerted UK authorities.

He was arrested on July 29 by officers from the National Extradition Unit, and he now faces extradition from the United Kingdom.

Zubaidullah is suspected of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl in Vienna, whose body was discovered folded up in a carpet on June 26.

The young woman, identified only by her first name Leonie, was drugged, gang-raped, and smothered.

Three more males have been arrested by Austrian police as part of a manhunt for a group of Afghan refugees suspected of being responsible.

When Zubaidullah landed in the UK on July 18, he is suspected to have given Border Force authorities in Kent a false name.

On 3 September, he appeared in Westminster Magistrates' Court via video link from Wandsworth prison, where he had been held since his arrest.

He is due in court on October 1st, and a full extradition hearing will be held in January.

The National Extradition Unit has been approached by Sky News for comment.

Publish : 2021-09-13 17:58:00

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