Moroccan Migrant Truck Driver Arrested Over Murder of Young Pro-Migrant Activist Woman

PASSAU, GERMANY - JANUARY 28: German federal police control cars on the A3 highway near the border to Austria on a section used by arriving migrants and refugees on January 28, 2016 near Passau, Germany. The flow of migrants arriving in Passau has dropped to between 500 and 1,000 per …
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The body of a 28-year-old female hitchhiker from Germany has been found in Spain following the arrest of a Moroccan truck driver believed to have been involved in her murder.

German Sophia Lösche went missing on the 14th of June after she got in a truck while attempting to hitchhike from Leipzig to Amberg in Bavaria, according to investigators. Her body was found Thursday evening near a petrol station just outside the Spanish city of Bilbao, Bavarian tabloid Tz reports.

Earlier this week, police arrested a 40-year-old truck driver in Spain in connection with the young woman’s disappearance who some in the German media claimed was a Moroccan national.

The finding of the woman’s body came after the 40-year-old allegedly admitted to placing her body near a petrol station. The body was said to have evidence of violence and burn marks when police discovered it.

News soon emerged that Lösche had previously been involved with volunteering for a pro-open borders activist group in Greece where she helped with a project called “No borders kitchen” on the island of Lesbos.

Her brother Andreas Lösche, a member of the Green party and a local politician in the Bavarian city of Bamberg, wrote after the arrest of the 40-year-old trucker: “

The 51-year-old politician claimed that right-wing “racists” and others were using the disappearance of his sister for political gain and that he had received death threats as a result of his comments saying: “Already, some of us are getting hate comments right through to death threats from right-wing people.”

The killing is not the first time a pro-migrant activist has been allegedly murdered by a foreign national in Germany. In December 2016, 19-year-old Maria Ladenburger was raped and murdered by Afghan asylum seeker Hussein Khavari who claimed to be underage but was later revealed to be an adult. He was given a life sentence for the murder in March 2018.

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