Authorities in both Germany and Greece confirmed on Thursday that the young man suspected of raping and killing a 19-year-old woman in Freiburg had previously been convicted in Greece for the attempted murder of a young woman. He was released from prison early and subsequently vanished.
Various German media outlets had reported before the official confirmation about suspect Hussein K.'s prior criminal history.
Police confirmed, using the suspect's fingerprints, that Hussein had been jailed in Greece by a juvenile court for robbing and assaulting a woman in 2013 on the island of Corfu.
In that attack, he stole the bag of a 20-year-old student and then threw her off a cliff, leaving her badly injured. She later identified him as the same person involved in the German case.
De Maizière also said on Thursday that there must be a better system of sharing information across European databases. He explained that there are already some shared databases, including the SIS and a refugee database. But these databases themselves are not yet linked and thus may not give authorities the full picture.