Court acquits German nun who offered asylum to two Nigerian women

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A German court has acquitted a German nun, Juliana Seelmann, who was accused last year, of abetting illegal immigration and fined for granting church asylum to two Nigerian women.

In the latest judgment by the court on church asylum on Thursday, the 39-year-old Seelmann was found not guilty of rending help of illegal stay to two Nigerian women in Germany.

According to news agency KNA, the judge of the district court in the northern Bavarian city of Würzburg justified the nun’s acquittal with a decision from February by the Bavarian High Court, which had ruled in favour of a Benedictine monk who had taken in a rejected asylum seeker from the Gaza Strip in 2020.

The judge argued that those conditions were applicable to the nun’s case. The prosecution was the first one since the February landmark ruling, which observers expected to serve as a legal example for future trials.

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