There’s been continued fallout over comments made by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on 69 Afghan deportees. In a press conference last week, the Christian Social Union (CSU) politician noted with a smile that although he didn’t make the order, 69 Afghans were deported – coincidentally – on his 69th birthday.
Soon after, it came to light that one of the deportees, a 23-year-old with a criminal record who had lived in Germany for almost eight years and had been denied asylum, committed suicide after arriving in Kabul. Maximilian Popp, correspondent for Der Spiegel, co-authored an article on the topic this week for Spiegel Online. He said the news of the man’s suicide “exposed the cynicism of Seehofer even more.”