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Cop suspended for radical Islamist beliefs

The Local · 9 May 2012, 08:43

Published: 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.

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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."

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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.
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