A 22-year old Iraqi suspect headed to court in Wiesbaden on Tuesday, as the murder trial of a schoolgirl who was raped and murdered began.

People were seen gathering in front of the courthouse, holding banners reading 'No soft justice for Muslims' and 'Hand in hand against violence on our streets', condemning the crime.

Ali B, who arrived in Germany in 2015 as an asylum seeker, is accused of raping and then strangling 14-year-old Susanna Feldman from Mainz in May 2018. The suspect, who is facing separate charges for beating a man during a robbery and raping an 11-year old girl, admitted to murder but denied the charge of rape.

The high-profile crime stoked anti-refugee tensions with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party blaming German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies for the murder.

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