ASYLUM seekers suspected of taking part in organised sex attacks on women celebrating New Year’s Eve in Germany taunted police saying they were untouchable.
Official reports showed how one migrant told officers: “I am from Syria, you need to treat me nicely. I was personally invited by Mrs Merkel.”
While another thought to be involved in the horrifying scenes ripped up his asylum claim papers in front of police saying: “You can’t do anything to me, go get me a new one tomorrow.”
Details of the astonishing lack of respect shown by the migrants came as investigations into the sickening events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve continued.
At least 90 women reported 106 crimes including rape, sexual assault, robbery and violence.
Witnesses have spoken of around 1,000 “drunk and aggressive” young men attacking women in the public square while police stood by helplessly.
Similar incidents were also reported in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
Mobs of up to 30 men of “Arab or North African origin” tightly surrounded women and their parties before groping and mugging them.
One man described how he was left helpless when his partner and 15-year-old daughter were surrounded by a gang.
“The attackers grabbed her and my partner’s breasts and groped them between their legs,” he said.
A British tourist in Cologne for the New Year said: “They were trying to hug us, kiss us. One man stole my friend’s bag, another tried to get us into his ‘private taxi’.
“I’ve been in scary and even life-threatening situations and I’ve never experienced anything like that,” she added.
The country’s justice minister Heiko Maas warned that asylum seekers could be deported if they are found to have taken part in the chilling incidents outside Cologne Cathedral.
The attacks have been seized upon by opponents of Germany’s open-door policy to refugees that saw nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers arrive last year.
Speaking yesterday, the country’s justice minister Heiko Maas said that all the perpetrators must be punished for their “vile deeds” and deportations were “completely conceivable.”
Maas demanded German authorities respond to the assaults “with the utmost determination, but also prudence.”
“This includes first determining the facts and the perpetrators as precisely as possible.”
“Anyone who believes they can breach law and order must be punished, no matter where they come from. That is what we now owe the victims above all else,” he said.
Apart from deportation, asylum seekers could also face conviction and imprisonment of at least one year, even while they are waiting for their claims to be decided.
Officers said they are investigating five suspects arrested on suspicion of pickpocketing but have not made any arrests in connection with the sex attacks.