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The head of a major German police union has lashed out at the country's “failed” justice system, following a number of controversial court rulings. The most recent case involved a ‘Sharia police’ group operating in a suburban town, which was deemed legal.
“The full force of the law these days often means we determine the identities of offenders, but the judges just let them go free,” Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG), told the Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) newspaper on Wednesday.
The official spoke about the recent incident involving the German court system, when a group of Islamists was cleared of charges for forming a ‘Sharia police force,’ a volunteer initiative to patrol the streets and uphold peace in the western German town of Wuppertal in 2014.
The town is one of Germany's most popular destinations for Salafists, who follow a very conservative interpretation of Islam and reject any form of democracy.
On Monday, the Wuppertal court ruled it did not see any breach of the law in the activities of the ‘Sharia police.’ Seven of the group’s members had worn bright-orange vests bearing the words ‘Sharia Police,’ and had patrolled the city streets, telling people to stop drinking, gambling or listening to music, so as not to contradict the strict Muslim religious code of conduct known as Sharia law.
“[The court decision] is an unbelievable and devastating signal… [The police] feel completely failed by the justice system,” Wendt said.
Notably, the Wuppertal court ruling came less than a week after police conducted a massive operation targeting Islamists across 10 German federal states. The raids took place in 60 cities, including the capital Berlin.
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Germany has been on high terrorism alert over the past several months after suffering a number of Islamist-related assaults during the summer.
Muslim drags lover behind car
Wendt also claimed that the justice system acted incorrectly in the case of a Kurdish man who allegedly tied his former lover to his car and dragged her after him through the streets on Sunday. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently in an induced coma in a hospital in Hanover. The man has not been convicted yet and Wendt says it is highly unlikely he will. The man had repeatedly been reported to the police for various crimes, but had never been imprisoned.
“There will always be a judge who will give him a positive social prognosis,” Wendt said.
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Overall, the union chairman believes that the German judiciary system is far too weak in dealing with criminals, and called for a review in the training and appointment of judges.
He is also an advocate of so-called ‘racial profiling,’ according to which ethnic criteria must be taken into account when dealing with crime, especially in circumstances when the country is facing an influx of newcomers from various ethnic groups.
Both the Monday ruling and the case with the assault of the Kurdish woman come as Germany continues to struggle with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. It has resulted in more than 1 million mainly Muslim asylum seekers entering the country since last year.
Police officers carry away items confiscated during an apartment raid in Bonn.
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Reuters in Berlin
German police have launched dawn raids on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamic group as the government bans the organisation, accusing it of radicalising young people.
The interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said the DWR “True Religion” organisation had contacted young people as it distributed Qur’ans and other religious material, and had persuaded about 140 of them to join militants in Iraq and Syria.
DWR made no reference on its website to the raids and did not respond to a request for comment.
The chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been under pressure to harden her line on security after Islamic State claimed responsibility for a string of attacks across Europe and she faced criticism for her decision to let in about 900,000 migrants last year.
“Today’s ban is not directed against the distribution of the Qur’an or translations of the Qur’an,” De Maizière told reporters.
“Today’s ban is rather directed against the abuse of religion by people propagating extremist ideologies and supporting terrorist organisations under the pretext of Islam.”
It's not a pretext; it is Islam!
The group had several hundred members, he added.
Concern over the number of people entering the country has boosted support for Alternative for Germany, a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the German constitution and has siphoned off support from Merkel’s conservatives.
A spokeswoman for the interior ministry said there was no indication that DWR was planning attacks itself. The ban means DWR is prohibited from taking part in information and distribution campaigns.
De Maizière said Tuesday’s actions across 10 German states were the biggest crackdown on a group since the government shut down a movement known as Kalifatstaat (Caliphate State) in 2001, accusing it of “extremist activities”.
The government has banned five other organisations accused of having Islamic extremist-jihadi aspirations since 2012.
Policemen secure a street in Hameln, Germany on Monday after a woman was seriously injured when she was dragged Sunday through the streets of the northern German town behind a car with a cord tied around her neck. (JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / AP)
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BERLIN—A woman was seriously injured when she was dragged through the streets of a northern German town behind a car with a cord tied around her neck. Her ex-partner later turned himself in to authorities, prosecutors said Monday.
Police in Hameln said they were treating Sunday evening’s incident as an attempted killing. The 28-year-old local woman had a cord tied around her neck, which was attached to the car’s trailer hitch, they said.
The car drove through several streets, dragging the woman behind it. Police say the woman was found lying on a sidewalk with grave injuries.
At around the same time, a 38-year-old man from nearby Bad Muender went to a police station and said he was the perpetrator. He was arrested.
The man was the victim’s ex-partner, Hannover prosecutors’ spokesman Thomas Klinge said. However, there was no immediate information on a possible motive.
Both the suspect and victim are German citizens of Kurdish origin, police spokesman Jens Petersen said, according to news agency dpa.
The victim underwent an emergency operation on Sunday evening and was then flown to a specialist clinic.
Police said they couldn’t confirm reports on social media that there had also been a shooting. They called for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone who might have seen how the victim was uncoupled from the car.
PROSECUTORS are battling to appeal a German court ruling after just one of a group of Serbian men who gang raped a 14-year-old girl was given prison time.
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An appeal has since been launched by the Hamburg state prosecutor HamburgGETTY/EPA
The ruling sparked a wave of outrage across Germany, with over 80,000 people singing a petition to have the prosecution service step in to change the verdict.
Four young men were found guilty of raping the young teenager after getting her drunk and leaving her body outside in freezing temperatures while a 15-year-old girl filmed the attack and gave them directions.
The 14-year-old victim was later found and rushed to hospital where she was treated in intensive care – with her injuries so bad prosecutors had wanted to investigate the case as an attempted murder.
The court later heard that her attackers had "thrown the girl away like rubbish".
But because four of the attackers – including the young girl who filmed the assault – were aged between 14 and 17, they were not given prison time by the Hamburg court.
Instead they were offered suspended one or two year sentences in keeping with the country's policy of treating young offenders with education instead of punishment.
Education is what you do when you catch someone stealing an apple from a sidewalk vendor, not for gang-rape and attempted murder!
Only the 21-year-old will be incarcerated for a period of four years after being tried as an adult.
Judge George Halbach defended the ruling, saying that while “sentences may seem mild to the public”, the young offenders had appeared remorseful, made credible confessions and had good social prospects.
Outrage quickly grew over the sentences, with a petition that claimed the court could not say they were acting "on behalf of the people" when they ignore the morality of the public.
The petition, set up by Stefan Martens from the German city of Bremen, claims that the system of dealing with young offenders "cannot and must not be used to wipe out the case of a brutal gang rape of a helpless 14-year-old".
Mr Marten's told Express.co.uk: "Our courts say they are 'in the name of the people'.
"80,000 people have now said 'no, not in our names'."
Speaking about the German court's tendency to educate young offenders instead of prosecute them, he said: "Normally that is ok, but this was a hardcore crime.
"They raped her four times. Then they put this girl half naked and drunk in minus degree weather on the street.
"And the court says no jail, some discussion with an expert and that they have a positive social forecasting. It is a joke."
He added that if they had been behind bars for "one year, two years or three years they would feel what they did to this 14-year-old girl.
"But they feel nothing. They cheered when they heard the judgement."
The petition also slammed the judge's claim the attackers had good prospects, saying: "The sexual self-determination and integrity of a woman must have more weight here than worrying about the offender."
An appeal has since been launched by the Hamburg state prosecutor who are pushing for the "mild verdict to be reassessed as to whether it is legally wrong".
Not on the theme of police complaining about judges, but on the reality of Islamic madness revealing itself in Germany, comes this story from March of 2016. In Islam, marriage refusal is an insult to the ego of a young man and his family, an insult that often ends in murder.
A Kurdish father whose daughter was shot dead at a wedding in Germany has posted a picture of her lying in a pool of blood on his Facebook page and is demanding justice.
He wrote that his beloved 21-year-old daughter Shilan had rejected an arranged marriage to her cousin and had paid for it with her life during a wedding ceremony in Hanover, Germany.
The father, named as Ghazi H., 50, posted the harrowing image of his daughter on Facebook as police continued to hunt for the cousin.
I could probably go on and on all day with these stories, but unlike this poor girl, I have a life. The police have come to a realistic understanding of the problem with Islam in Germany, as they should because they operate at street-level. Those who sit in ivory towers, however, are still under the illusion that Islam is compatible with German life - they just need a little patience, tolerance and education, and, unfortunately, they bend over backwards with their tolerance of Islamic madness which just encourages that madness. Germany will pay a heavy price for their willful blindness.