Is­lamic or­gan­i­sa­tion banned

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BER­LIN (AP): THE GER­MAN gov­ern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day it had banned an Is­lamic group, the ‘True Re­li­gion’, which is sus­pected of tar­get­ing teenagers to rad­i­calise to fight in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, po­lice raided about 190 of­fices, store­houses, mosques and apart­ments of mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

In searches in 60 cities in western Ger­many and in Ber­lin, po­lice seized doc­u­ments, hard drives, smart­phones and weapons, Ger­man In­te­rior Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiziere said. No­body was de­tained.

The group — also known as ‘Read!’ — has been dis­tribut­ing Ger­man-lan­guage copies of the Ko­ran across the coun­try. The in­te­rior min­is­ter said that more than 140 youth had trav­elled to Syria and Iraq to join fight­ers there af­ter hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the group’s cam­paigns in Ger­many.

“The trans­la­tions of the Ko­ran are be­ing dis­trib­uted along with mes­sages of ha­tred and un­con­sti­tu­tional ide­olo­gies,” de Maiziere told re­porters in Ber­lin. “Teenagers are be­ing rad­i­calised with con­spir­acy the­o­ries.”

Young men in long robes and bushy beards hand­ing out Ger­man copies of the Qu­ran have been a com­mon sight in down­town and shop­ping ar­eas across Ger­many for sev­eral years.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said that the group had about 500 mem­bers. In a ware­house near the western city of Cologne, au­thor­i­ties seized about 21,000 Ger­man­lan­guage copies of the Ko­ran.

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