By Jun Ramirez
Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested in Bohol a German national wanted by authorities in his country for attempting to murder a compatriot more than ten years ago.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as 52-year-old Lothar Gunther Bebenroth, who was apprehended Wednesday in Alburquerque, Bohol by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).
Morente said Bebenroth is wanted to stand trial before a court in Postdam, Germany where he was charged with serious assault and later convicted for nearly stabbing to death a fellow German there on Dec. 28, 2006.
It was learned that the German embassy sought the BI’s help in locating Bebenroth, saying the latter was issued an arrest warrant by the Postdam district court for repeatedly evading the hearings of his case.
The court earlier sentenced Bebenroth to two years in prison after he confessed to stabbing his male victim with a knife that nearly caused the latter’s death had he not been rushed to and operated at the hospital by emergency rescuers.
Bebenroth reportedly spent more than four months in prison after his sentence but was released on probation pending decision by the court on his appeal.
Morente said, Bebenroth will be deported for being an undocumented alien – his passport was canceled by the German government – and for posing as a risk to public safety and security.
“He will then be placed in our blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the Philippines,” the BI chief added.
A check of the BI’s travel database showed that Bebenroth had been hiding in the country since May 1, 2014 when he arrived here as a tourist.