• Germany edition
 
Cop suspended for radical Islamist beliefs
Photo: DPA

Cop suspended for radical Islamist beliefs

Published: 09 May 2012 08:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 May 2012 08:43 GMT+02:00

“Disciplinary action is underway, with the aim to dismiss the man from the police force,” North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Ralf Jäger confirmed on Tuesday. It is the first time a policeman has been suspended for radical beliefs in Germany.

The head of the Essen police force told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that the suspended officer does not believe in the German constitution, which is required of police officers - rather he holds Islamic law to be paramount. When questioned by state security if he lived under Islamic law, he said only that “what he believed privately was his business.”

He has also admitted to having contact with radical Salafists who promote violence towards non-believers.

It also emerged that the 31-year-old, identified only as Ali K., had worked with the police intelligence service, spending six months in 2009 with a mobile observation team who were instructed to keep an eye on extremist activity.

Background checks showed that he was a Muslim but had no fundamentalist beliefs at that time.

People working with Ali K. in the intelligence service told the WAZ that he did not show “team spirit,” he was often late to work and that “his personality did not fit with the job profile.” It has not been made clear who he was assigned to observe.

Originally from the nearby city of Duisburg, Ali K. caught the attention of state security earlier in 2012 when he set up an information stand with other Salafists in Essen, and handed out Islamic material to passers-by.

Among the material being given out were videos featuring speeches from prominent Salafist Bilal Philips, who believes that homosexuals should be killed.

Salafists have been making headlines in Germany recently following violent clashes provoked by a far-right political party in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which 29 police officers were injured.

Salafists have also been behind a nationwide push to distribute millions of free Korans to the public.

On Wednesday morning German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the Salafists were in close ideological proximity to al-Qaida terrorists. Speaking on ARD television, he said, "We will not allow Salafists who are prepared to be violent to disturb the peace in this country.

"We will of course check all possibilities of banning associations in which they are organised."

DAPD/DPA/The Local/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

11:12 May 9, 2012 by William Thirteen
'he did not show 'team spirit'' - actually he has lots of team spirit - it's just for the wrong team!
22:45 May 9, 2012 by supernova
So out of four Muslim-Germans hired cops in total one is out now, I wonder what will happen to rest of three. This countries needs 5 more decades to be where UK n US are. Just ridiculous, firing someone cuz of their beliefs. I would understand it if he had practically committed a crime or had been involved in a terrorist act. What about all those right wing extremists working at German Police force?
02:40 May 10, 2012 by lewis69
@ supernova you are a fool this person obviously is a threat to everything that western cultures belive in. These groups don't even think women are people and there is an obvious connection between islam and terrorism. When will people figure out that we should not bring thousands of these people into our countries.

By 2040 half of Oslo Norway is going to be of immigrant decent according to Norwegian government projections and the same can be said for most majour European citys.

I dont belive in hate and violence but I think that we should make a united effort to make sure there will always be Europeans in Europe.
01:57 May 11, 2012 by jeff10renatus
@ lewis69:

Ditto, I agree.

Wake up, Eurpope. With your declining birth rates, soon, the birth place of Western civilization will be majority Arab/Turkish muslime.
07:56 May 16, 2012 by snickerdoodle
I am a Canadian citizen and was born in 1959 and am of European descent and am a European Canadian. I do not recognize MY COUNTRY anymore since the government zealously promotes multiculturalism. I went to Toronto the other day and was the only person of European descent in the whole restaurant. Most people who are your "neighbours" do not speak your language and have no intention of learning it. So a community of peoples is never formed because people cannot communicate. When humans don't communicate on a basic level, resentments start to build. Our government refuses to recognize that this is a failed policy and all they care about is bringing in people of colour at a disproportionate amount at all costs, even at the cost of destroying our Christian heritage. Most people in government do not live with the people they bring into the country and the original citizens have to suffer all the time. Ask a politician if they live with the "newcomers". They don't most of the time and just like to push this on the rest of us.

God help Germany and Europe if they become like Canada. I felt the racial tension in Toronto and you can cut it with a knife.
Today's headlines
Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall
Photo: Paul Sullivan

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall

Two expats who walked the Mauerweg - the 160-kilometre trail that runs the length of the former Berlin Wall - have written a book about forgotten aspects of its past and present. READ  

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat
Photo: DPA

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat

Germany's biggest department store chain Karstadt will close at least six stores, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk, in a drastic bid by its new boss to return it to profit. READ  

Quiz
How well do you know Germany?
Photos: DPA/Shutterstock

How well do you know Germany?

Do you know your Saxony facts from your Saxony-Anhalt ones? Test your knowledge of Germany's federal states in The Local's quiz. READ  

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal
Pollution from a coal-fired power station in Frimmersdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal

The UN's climate chief hailed a European agreement in Bonn on greenhouse gases on Friday as providing "valuable momentum" for a world pact to be inked in Paris next year. READ  

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth
Photo: DPA

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth

Germany will get an early Christmas present of around €779 million from the EU, thanks to weaker than expected GDP growth. READ  

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told
Photo: DPA

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told

It will take several days to find out what caused a massive explosion on Thursday which rocked a town on the Rhine, killing a builder and injuring 26 others. READ  

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'
An NH90 helicopter. Photo: DPA

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'

Germany's fleet of NH90 helicopters is undergoing engineering checks after one of them suffered a serious engine failure, in the latest blow to the country's military capabilities. READ  

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m
Rainer Schwarz at a court hearing in September into the case. Photo: DPA

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m

The man who was blamed for Berlin's miserable attempt to build a new airport must be paid more than €1 million - after being fired. READ  

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Kurds watching the attack on Kobane. Photo: DPA

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pressed UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to bring possible poison gas use by Isis in Iraq before the Security Council. READ  

Spring back in German consumers' step?
Photo: DPA

Spring back in German consumers' step?

Update: Consumer confidence in Germany has stopped falling, as households appear to be no longer fazed by concerns about the economic fallout from geopolitical crises, a new poll found on Friday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Politics
Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: Huge explosion rocks Ludwigshafen
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
Which high school cliche is your German city?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Storm hits southern Germany
Sponsored Article
An international school unlike any other : School on the Rhine
Photo: Fitzpatrick family
Society
'We still don't know what happened to Matthew'
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Special Report: Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,527
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd