Lower Saxony and Bremen
NRW bans association of mosques: also activities in Delmenhorst
Delmenhorst/Düseldorf (dpa/lni) – The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has banned a mosque association that is also active in Lower Saxony. Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Herbert Reul (CDU) announced on Thursday. The “Fatime Assembly” association is considered an outpost of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, which has been banned since 2020. The association is also said to have collected donations for Hezbollah.
Several association buildings were also searched on Thursday. In addition to the Imam Mahdi Center in Münster operated by the association, there was also a property in Delmenhorst. Among other things, the club’s assets were confiscated and investigators found €10,000 in cash in Delmenhorst. The association is accused of unconstitutionality.
Also on Thursday, the Al-Mustafa community was banned in Bremen for its affiliation with the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Despite the same background, the two cases had nothing to do with each other, he said. “These are two separate procedures that are carried out separately,” said a spokeswoman for Bremen’s interior department.