Germany: Minister Says Deportations Possible in Cologne Case

January 7, 2016 8:43 AM

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COLOGNE, Germany — Germany's justice minister says asylum-seekers could be deported if they're found to have participated in a string of New Year sexual assaults in Cologne.

Police say witnesses have described the perpetrators as being of "Arab or North African origin," but there's little solid information on who committed the assaults. That has been seized on by some opponents of Germany's welcoming stance toward those fleeing conflict.

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