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Raid against the “Caliphate State” – Accused in the Bad Kreuznach region

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In several federal states, investigators have taken action against the banned association “Caliphate State”. The State Criminal Police Office of Rhineland-Palatinate is responsible. Ten suspects come from the Bad Kreuznach region.

According to investigators, around fifty objects have been searched in six Länder since Tuesday morning. Two suspects aged 49 and 62 were arrested in Bad Kreuznach, a 44-year-old man in North Rhine-Westphalia. A total of 41 suspects are suspected of violating the ban on associations and disseminating the propaganda of unconstitutional organizations.

During the searches, the police seized firearms, bladed and edged weapons such as knives and sabers, as well as numerous data storage media and hundreds of thousands of euros.

Targeted mosque association in Bad Kreuznach

The focus is on ten suspects from the Bad Kreuznach area. Within an association of mosques, they would have propagated the ideology of the “caliphate state” in sermons and by selling literature.

Sharia instead of democracy and the rule of law

The so-called Caliphate State is an Islamist group led by Istanbul-based Metin Kaplan. According to the investigators, their goal is the establishment of an Islamic state while rejecting democratic principles and the rule of law based on the Koran as the constitution and the Sharia as the only applicable law.

Lewentz: Are vigilant in all areas of political crime

Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD) praised the work of the investigative authorities. According to Lewentz, anyone who wants to keep an Islamist group banned in Germany alive “must be clearly informed about the constitution and the law that applies here.” He pointed out that in April, information from the Rhineland-Palatinate Office for the Protection of the Constitution led to searches of members of the far-right United Patriots chat group. It also shows “that we are vigilant and watching closely in all areas of politically motivated crime”.

Metin Kaplan’s son suspected

According to investigators, the suspects from Bad Kreuznach have close contact with a person from North Rhine-Westphalia who holds a leadership position within the banned association. This suspect appears to be Metin Kaplan’s son. He reportedly passed on instructions from Kaplan and accepted donations.

Metin Kaplan, leader of the banned association “the Caliphate State”, is tried in Istanbul in 2004 (archives)

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“Caliph of Cologne” expelled from Germany in 2004

Metin Kaplan became known in Germany as the “Caliph of Cologne”. In 2000 he was sentenced to four years in prison for publicly inciting criminals to commit crimes and was deported from Germany to Turkey in 2004. The organization “Caliphate State” was banned by the Federal Ministry of Interior in 2001. In 2005, a Turkish court sentenced Kaplan to life imprisonment. This was reduced to 17 years and six months in 2010. Kaplan was released from prison in 2016 due to cancer.

Simultaneous raids in several federal states

The investigations were carried out by the Central Office for Countering Terrorism and Extremism (ZeT) of Rhineland-Palatinate and the State Criminal Police Office of Rhineland-Palatinate. The general public prosecutor’s offices of Celle and Munich as well as the public prosecutor’s offices of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe were also involved. It was agreed that the raids would be carried out simultaneously in order to break down “calf-state” structures and prevent the loss of evidence.

Source www.swr.de

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