German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee's claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him.
The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji Hami made headlines this week after she was quoted telling the Iraqi-Kurdish news portal basnews that she returned to her homeland of Iraq for fear that her alleged tormentor could harm her in Germany. Several reports in foreign media suggested that German authorities were unwilling to act on the woman's claims.
"The young woman was interviewed but the information (she provided) wasn't precise enough," Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, told the Associated Press on Saturday. When authorities tried to follow up, the woman had already left Germany, Koehler said.