Germany Law & Crime
German Cops Kick US Army Convoy off the Road for Endangerment
Germany's top court overturns acquittal of "Sharia Police"
Germany's top court overturns acquittal of 'Sharia Police'
German court halts deportation of Turk convicted of Islamist support
Germany protests to Iran for spying on targets with ties to Israel
Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany goes on trial
Germany expects return of over 100 children of ISIS fighters
U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda
2018-01-18 01:48:17 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans. In an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, New York federal prosecutors said Christian Ganczarski, 51, had personal relationships with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda members   Read More ...
U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda
2018-01-18 01:42:05 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans. In an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, New York federal prosecutors said Christian Ganczarski, 51, had personal relationships with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda members   Read More ...
Ex-Nazi death camp guard's final bid to avoid prison reportedly rejected
2018-01-17 18:14:19 BERLIN -- A former Auschwitz death camp guard's final bid to avoid serving his sentence as an accessory to murder has been rejected by German prosecutors, according to German media. Attorneys for Oskar Groening, 96, with prosecutors in Lueneburg, where he was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but hasn't yet spent any time behind bars because of the appeals process   Read More ...
German Navy's new state-of-the-art warship sails into tech trouble
2018-01-17 14:47:03 The German Navy’s latest multi-million dollar warship, the Baden-Württemberg, is battling delays and technology challenges. The Baden-Württemberg is the first of four new F-125 class frigates ordered by the Bundeswehr, the German military, with a total price tag of around €2 billion ($2.44 billion). Citing the German Navy, The Wall Street Journal reports that the ship’s central computer system has not passed the necessary tests   Read More ...
German, Polish police bust people smuggling ring
2018-01-17 14:11:21 German federal police said Wednesday that about 170 officers searched premises in Berlin and elsewhere across the country, and arrested two people. They said simultaneous raids were conducted in Poland by Polish police. It wasn't immediately clear if any arrests were made in Poland. Federal police described the suspects as a family of Polish citizens of Syrian origin. They are alleged to have fraudulently obtained Polish tourist visas for Syrians living in Gulf states that allowed them to fly to Poland and travel overland to Germany to apply for asylum   Read More ...
German, Polish police bust people smuggling ring
2018-01-17 13:45:33 BERLIN (AP) — German and Polish police have carried out raids against suspected people-smugglers who helped Syrians travel to Germany illegally. German federal police said Wednesday that about 170 officers searched premises in Berlin and elsewhere across the country, and arrested two people. They said simultaneous raids were conducted in Poland by Polish police. It wasn't immediately clear if any arrests were made in Poland   Read More ...
German, Polish police bust people smuggling ring
2018-01-17 13:39:45 BERLIN (AP) — German and Polish police have carried out raids against suspected people-smugglers who helped Syrians travel to Germany illegally. German federal police said Wednesday that about 170 officers searched premises in Berlin and elsewhere across the country, and arrested two people. They said simultaneous raids were conducted in Poland by Polish police. It wasn't immediately clear if any arrests were made in Poland   Read More ...
Mossad intelligence led to German raids on Iranian spies — report
2018-01-17 07:35:47 The Mossad intelligence service provided critical information that led to raids on the homes of suspected Iranian spies throughout Germany, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported on Tuesday. Hours earlier, German authorities said they were conducting searches across the country in connection with ten suspected Iranian spies, with one report saying that they were members of an elite military force that had been eyeing Israeli and Jewish targets   Read More ...
'Iranian spies' targeted in German police searches
2018-01-17 05:34:55 German special police teams have searched flats linked to 10 suspected Iranian state spies. The searches were triggered by German counter-intelligence. The Iranians, still at large, are suspected of spying on Israeli and/or Jewish targets. Germany's Focus news said the raids took place in Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg. In 1997 a Berlin verdict linked top Iranian politicians to the killing of four Iranian Kurdish dissidents   Read More ...
Germany raids Iranian regime sites for spying on Israel
2018-01-16 16:16:12 German police raided several alleged spy locations across the country operating on behalf of Iran's secret service on Tuesday who were conducting surveillance on Israel and Jewish targets.Focus Online reported that German police have identified ten persons who are considered especially dangerous because they are members of the al-Quds brigade of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page   Read More ...
German man known as 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for clemency
2018-01-15 18:25:54 BERLIN (Reuters) - A 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has filed a plea for clemency, a regional justice spokesman said on Monday. Oskar Groening, known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for being an accessory to murder at Auschwitz   Read More ...
Germany in U-turn on Namibian genocide lawsuit
2018-01-15 17:05:47 WINDHOEK. – Following a protracted legal challenge, the German government has finally accepted a court summons to appear in the United States Federal Court in New York in the class-action lawsuit for alleged crimes against humanity that the Ovaherero and Nama people filed against it. Founding member of the US Association of the Ovaherero Genocide Veraa Katuuo confirmed this to New Era   Read More ...
Germany delivers military aid to JAF to help protect borders
2018-01-15 12:41:15 AMMAN — German Federal Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday voiced her country’s commitment to helping, through aid, Jordan maintain its security and stability. “Jordan is a reliable and strong partner in a troubled region … a partner with whom we seek close and sustainable cooperation,” the minister said during a ceremony on Sunday that saw the delivery of military equipment to the Jordan Armed Forces/Arab Army (JAF)   Read More ...
Apple health data helps murder trial in Germany
2018-01-15 08:02:20 Apple Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder. Apple’s Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models. According to the Police data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up   Read More ...
Jordan gets German military vehicles for border control
2018-01-14 15:40:29 AMMAN, Jordan – Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance. Jordan borders Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State extremists held large areas until being pushed back in recent months by a U.S.-led military campaign. Jordan is a key ally in the battle against IS. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attended a handover ceremony near Jordan's capital, Amman, on Sunday   Read More ...
Jordan gets German military vehicles for border control
2018-01-14 14:36:41 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance. Jordan borders Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State extremists held large areas until being pushed back in recent months by a U.S.-led military campaign. Jordan is a key ally in the battle against IS   Read More ...
Jordan gets German military vehicles for border control
2018-01-14 14:07:25 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance. Jordan borders Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State extremists held large areas until being pushed back in recent months by a U.S.-led military campaign. Jordan is a key ally in the battle against IS   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 15:37:05 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 15:08:19 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 14:41:01 AMMAN, Jordan – Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
German Cops Kick US Army Convoy off the Road for Endangerment
2018-01-13 04:29:52 German police are reminding motorists that nobody is above the law. The move comes after officers stopped six US Army howitzers, saying the vehicles were overloaded and didn’t have the correct identification documents. Autobahns in Germany are famous for their high speed traffic so it’s no surprise local police are always on high alert. Yet convoys loaded with the US army’s large-caliber cannons are not something law enforcement has to deal with every day   Read More ...
German Court Sentences Iraqi Refugee For Posing With Severed Heads Of Six Terrorists
2018-01-12 10:44:46 A German court has sentenced a 24-year-old Iraqi refugee for posing for a photograph with decapitated heads of six Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. The offender, who was living in Stuttgart city for the past two years, got a suspended sentence of 18 months for committing six war crimes. According to the Sputnik News, the convict arrived in Germany in late 2015   Read More ...
'Sharia Police' gang face retrial after German supreme court overrules original verdict
2018-01-11 19:36:59 A group of Islamists who formed a vigilante gang called the “Sharia Police“ will be subject to a retrial after a German court overturned their 2016 acquittal. The seven men had been charged with wearing uniforms expressing a shared political opinion after patrolling the streets of Wuppertal in Western Germany at night in September 2014 in orange vests emblazoned with the words “Sharia Police”   Read More ...
Germany's top court overturns acquittal of "Sharia Police"
2018-01-11 18:42:51 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s federal supreme court on Thursday overturned the 2016 acquittal of seven Muslim men who formed a Sharia street patrol in the western German city of Wuppertal, according to its website. The men walked the streets of Wuppertal at night wearing orange vests emblazoned with the words “Sharia Police” and sought to discourage young men from visiting bars and brothels and drinking alcohol   Read More ...
Iranian Islamic scholar leaves Germany under threat of prosecution
2018-01-11 18:32:16 A senior Iranian Islamic scholar under investigation in Germany for alleged crimes against humanity left the country on a homeward-bound flight Thursday, cutting short his stay at a Hanover clinic, a German official said.The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exiled opposition group, said his issuing of "thousands" of death sentences amounted to a crime against humanity and urged German prosecutors to investigate   Read More ...
Germany's top court overturns acquittal of 'Sharia Police'
2018-01-11 17:48:55 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal supreme court on Thursday overturned the 2016 acquittal of seven Muslim men who formed a Sharia street patrol in the western German city of Wuppertal, according to its website. The men walked the streets of Wuppertal at night wearing orange vests emblazoned with the words "Sharia Police" and sought to discourage young men from visiting bars and brothels and drinking alcohol   Read More ...
Germany's top court overturns acquittal of 'Sharia Police'
2018-01-11 17:46:22 BERLIN - Germany's federal supreme court on Thursday overturned the 2016 acquittal of seven Muslim men who formed a Sharia street patrol in the western German city of Wuppertal, according to its website. The men walked the streets of Wuppertal at night wearing orange vests emblazoned with the words "Sharia Police" and sought to discourage young men from visiting bars and brothels and drinking alcohol   Read More ...
Germany permits Iranian regime mass murderer to flee the country
2018-01-11 17:13:53 Iranian cleric Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has fled Germany after having criminal complaints of crimes against humanity filed against him. Shahroudi was in Germany receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor and fled Thursday for Iran. Critics have accused Shahroudi, the former head of Iran's judiciary system (1999-2009), of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents   Read More ...
German court halts deportation of Turk convicted of Islamist support
2018-01-09 18:01:40 BERLIN: Germany's highest court on Tuesday halted the deportation of a Turkish citizen convicted of supporting an Islamist militant organisation, saying authorities should first ensure he wouldn't face torture or inhumane prison conditions in Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court overturned a ruling by a lower court that ordered the deportation of the man, who was born and raised in Germany, after he was convicted of travelling to Syria and supporting a "terrorist organisation"   Read More ...
German court halts deportation of Turk convicted of Islamist support
2018-01-09 17:49:06 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's highest court on Tuesday halted the deportation of a Turkish citizen convicted of supporting an Islamist militant organisation, saying authorities should first ensure he wouldn't face torture or inhumane prison conditions in Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court overturned a ruling by a lower court that ordered the deportation of the man, who was born and raised in Germany, after he was convicted of travelling to Syria and supporting a "terrorist organisation"   Read More ...
German court halts deportation of Turk convicted of Islamist support
2018-01-09 17:10:05 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s highest court on Tuesday halted the deportation of a Turkish citizen convicted of supporting an Islamist militant organization, saying authorities should first ensure he wouldn’t face torture or inhumane prison conditions in Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court overturned a ruling by a lower court that ordered the deportation of the man, who was born and raised in Germany, after he was convicted of traveling to Syria and supporting a “terrorist organization”   Read More ...
Germany protests to Iran for spying on targets with ties to Israel
2018-01-09 14:23:20 The German government has protested to the Iranian ambassador in the country following the conviction of an Iranian agent for spying on targets including a former German lawmaker who headed a German-Israeli friendship group. The Pakistani man was convicted in Berlin last year of espionage and sentenced to more than four years in prison. His targets included Reinhold Robbe, who headed the German-Israeli Association, and a French-Israeli economics professor   Read More ...
Germany indicts Syrian on charges of promoting Islamic State
2018-01-09 13:37:58 BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany have formally charged a 37-year-old Syrian man on allegations of promoting the Islamic State group, obtaining bomb-making instructions and other crimes. The man, who wasn't identified, is alleged to have posted videos on social media in 2016 urging support and soliciting new recruits for IS. In a statement Tuesday, Frankfurt prosecutors said police also found manuals for making rifle silencers, explosives and detonators at the man's home and office at the Technical University of Darmstadt   Read More ...
Germany indicts Syrian on charges of promoting Islamic State
2018-01-09 13:10:26 BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany have formally charged a 37-year-old Syrian man on allegations of promoting the Islamic State group, obtaining bomb-making instructions and other crimes. The man, who wasn't identified, is alleged to have posted videos on social media in 2016 urging support and soliciting new recruits for IS. In a statement Tuesday, Frankfurt prosecutors said police also found manuals for making rifle silencers, explosives and detonators at the man's home and office at the Technical University of Darmstadt   Read More ...
German court temporarily stops terror suspect deportation
2018-01-09 12:14:48 BERLIN – Germany's top court has halted the deportation of a Turkish man convicted of supporting terrorism, saying a lower court didn't properly consider whether he could be tortured if sent to Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday the defendant, a German-born Turkish citizen whose name wasn't released, was convicted in 2015 in Berlin of supporting the Islamic extremist organization Junad al-Sham in Syria with money and other aid   Read More ...
German court temporarily stops terror suspect deportation
2018-01-09 11:47:57 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top court has halted the deportation of a Turkish man convicted of supporting terrorism, saying a lower court didn't properly consider whether he could be tortured if sent to Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday the defendant, a German-born Turkish citizen whose name wasn't released, was convicted in 2015 in Berlin of supporting the Islamic extremist organization Junad al-Sham in Syria with money and other aid   Read More ...
German court temporarily stops terror suspect deportation
2018-01-09 11:44:04 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top court has halted the deportation of a Turkish man convicted of supporting terrorism, saying a lower court didn't properly consider whether he could be tortured if sent to Turkey. The Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday the defendant, a German-born Turkish citizen whose name wasn't released, was convicted in 2015 in Berlin of supporting the Islamic extremist organization Junad al-Sham in Syria with money and other aid   Read More ...
Germany reprimands Iran for spying on pro-Israel groups
2018-01-09 10:54:47 BERLIN – Germany’s Foreign Ministry rebuked Iran’s ambassador at a December ministry meeting for illicit espionage activities against pro-Israel groups, according to a Monday report on the website of the public TV outlet program Tagesschau.The report claims that Iran employed a Pakistani agent named Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi to spy on Reinhold Robbe, former head of the German-Israel Friendship Society, and an Israeli-French economics professor in Paris   Read More ...
Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany goes on trial
2018-01-08 18:02:35 HANOI (AFP) - The corruption trial of a Vietnamese former oil executive who was allegedly kidnapped from Germany by spies sent by Hanoi opened on Monday, a high-profile case that carries the death sentence. Vietnam's communist government has embarked on a snowballing anti-corruption sweep, which observers say is politically driven and mirrors a graft crackdown in neighbouring China. Scores of former officials, bankers and state executives have been arrested or jailed -- including a senior banker who has been sentenced to death   Read More ...
German politician files criminal complaint against Iranian Ayatollah for mass murder
2018-01-08 17:48:50 BERLIN - Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, faces protests and possible criminal prosecutions in Germany due to his widespread executions of Iranians while serving as the country's justice minister. The German Green Party politician Volker Beck filed a criminal complaint on Sunday against Shahroudi, who is residing in a neurological center for treatment in Hannover, where 200 demonstrators showed up on Saturday to protest his presence   Read More ...