A court in Freiburg is due to deliver its verdict in the case of an asylum seeker who has admitted to raping and murdering a student in Germany in 2016. Hussein K, thought to be from Afghanistan, came to the country without papers in November 2015.
Freiburg's mayor has urged the protesters to remain "peaceful" and refrain from "further violence." Outnumbering the AfD-organized demonstration, counterprotesters have accused the far-right party of inciting hatred.
The men are suspected of drugging and assaulting an 18-year-old woman in the southwestern German city. A spate of high-profile violent incidents has shocked the bucolic university city in recent years.
Hussein K., who sought asylum in Germany, has received a life sentence for a crime that made international headlines. He had previously been convicted of assaulting a woman in Greece, but was released from prison early.
Ten South Sudanese soldiers have been given prison sentences over a brutal assault on foreign aid workers in 2016. Rights groups say troops need to be held accountable for crimes committed during the country's civil war.
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