Germany: 30 people go on trial for alleged migrant abuse

November 8, 2018
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A defandant holds a folder to hide is face at a court in Siegen, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The court is investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Thirty people have gone on trial in western Germany for allegedly abusing migrants physically and mentally at an asylum center in 2014.

The defendants, who went on trial Thursday at the district court in the town of Siegen, include both security guards and employees at the center in Burbach, a small town about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bonn.

The German news agency dpa reported that they are charged with 50 cases of illegal restraint, severe bodily harm and theft.

The case became public when a video showing scenes of the abuse was leaked to the media and created an outcry in the country.

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