The Latest: Syrian who fled military service is not refugee

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Posted: May 04, 2017 9:36 AM
The Latest: Syrian who fled military service is not refugee

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A German court has ruled that a Syrian man who fled to avoid military service isn't entitled to full refugee status.

The 20-year-old, whose name wasn't released, fled to Germany in 2014 after being ordered to start serving in the Syrian army the following spring. He was granted "subsidiary protection," a status short of formal asylum that doesn't allow recipients to bring relatives to join them for two years.

The man sued for full refugee status, which he was granted by a Duesseldorf court, but the German government appealed. North Rhine-Westphalia state's top administrative court on Thursday overturned the earlier verdict.

The court found no evidence that "returning asylum-seekers are viewed as political opponents and persecuted by the Syrian state because of the fact they avoided military service by fleeing."


3:25 p.m.

Hungarian prosecutors say 11 men have been indicted in the case of the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck in 2015.

Prosecutors in Bacs-Kiskun County said Thursday that the group includes men from Afghanistan, Bulgaria and Lebanon who allegedly smuggled some 1,200 people from the Hungary-Serbia border to Western Europe in 2015.

Migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were among the victims found in the back of a refrigerated truck with Hungarian license plates abandoned in the emergency lane of the A4 highway near Parndorf, Austria, not far from the Hungarian border, on Aug. 27, 2015.

Charges against the defendants include human smuggling, while the four people accused of involvement in the deaths also face charges of homicide committed with particular cruelty.