According to BBC news,the 22-year-old, admitted in court that he had strangled Susanna Feldman, but said he did not know how it happened.
The killing of the 14-year-old prompted outrage in Germany which forced Chancellor Angela Merkel to call for faster deportation of failed asylum seekers in May 2018 .
The girl’s body was found two weeks after she disappeared.
“Everything went black before my eyes, then it all happened,” the defendant told the court through an interpreter. “I don’t know how it could have happened.”
Susanna Feldman’s mother, Diana, was in court to hear details of her daughter’s death and the indictment against Ali Bashar.
As the trial got under way amid tight security, the defendant gave a statement to the court in which he described how his family had fled Iraq in 2015.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said he had drunk alcohol since the age of 12 but had used drugs for the first time when he came to Germany.
He told the court he had met Susanna through a mutual acquaintance three months before the attack and had spent time with her, listening to music and walking with her, hand in hand. He had not known her age, he said.
The suspect was brought back to Germany in an operation led by the head of German federal police
He denies rape and says they had consensual sex. But prosecutors say Susanna was raped in a forest and then strangled from behind when she threatened to go police.
Her body was found buried beside a railway line after police were given information from a 13-year-old Afghan refugee from Ali Bashar’s asylum shelter.
By the time she had been found, Ali Bashar and his family had left Germany for Iraq.
They had traveled to the Kurdish city of Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, where the 22 year old was detained by local forces and returned to Germany.