• Germany's news in English
 

Former rapper turned Salafist flees Germany

Published: 07 Jul 2012 12:12 GMT+02:00

Denis C., who has been known as the rapper “Deso Dogg,” “Abou Maleeq” and has the alias “Abu Talha,” disappeared a few weeks ago and there is evidence that he has turned up in Egypt, Die Welt newspaper reported Saturday.

Denis C. is considered to be a vital member of the banned Salafist Muslim group “Millatu Ibrahim,” which was the subject of major police raids across Germany last month. Welt am Sonntag reported that his partner's apartment was searched during those raids, but that C. was not found.

The German government banned three of the songs he sang as “Abou Maleeq” in March. The songs were described as fighting songs, or Nasheeds, and were listened to by Arid Uka, a Kosovo Albanian who has been convicted of killing two US airmen at Frankfurt Airport last year.

The Berlin state Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the state intelligence agency, said at the time that the songs were aimed at indoctrinating young Muslims with militant Salafist ideology.

One of the three banned songs included the words “Mujahid run! Mujahid fight! See how the Kafir dies and burns…Allah promised victory would come…We hold the line to the death. Our aim is Sharia, until death comes to us.”

Denis C. is the son of a German mother and Ghanaian father, and is originally from the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. He spent years singing gansta rap under the name “Deso Dogg.” Once he entered the Salafist scene, he regularly posted militant rap songs on the internet.

The Local/mbw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:40 July 7, 2012 by Herr Rentz
The religion of peace at it again.
16:10 July 7, 2012 by apple.kiddo
I am not an Islamist but i believe every religion has its own importance to make this world more colorful. So there is no point blaming a religion because of some fascists.

It is unfortunate to see the young generation picking up such ideas. Someone said, animals kill because they have to but humans go way beyond. I feel sad and pity for such people because at the end of the day, they will never win but yes, still end up causing suffering among others.

Hope that we can all live in peace and harmony someday !
18:47 July 7, 2012 by blackboot11
i am for religious freedoms as long as you allow my life and others who also choose to be free of religions
20:20 July 7, 2012 by Ramp Worker
another terrorist using his song to influence the younger generation spreading pain and hate.....
23:54 July 7, 2012 by bassplayer
Another terrorist spewing hate and murder in the name of religion. Religion is a farce, and should be outlawed Spirituality is another matter altogether. This bum has no spirituality.
00:46 July 8, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Sounds good to me. If you find this country such a terrible place to be, go where the sun warms you more. Just please make sure you don't ever come back, and if you do, do it in peace.
13:08 July 8, 2012 by taiwanluthiers
When you outlaw religion, then you've created yet another authoritarian government that isn't any better than countries like Saudi Arabia who outlaws all religion except one.
13:21 July 8, 2012 by Englishted
Don't outlaw religion ,just provide enough education and it will die a natural death.
15:30 July 8, 2012 by Michel_Berlin
He is no German! A piece of paper for the bin doesn't make you a German....
20:38 July 8, 2012 by jtech7
Religion has caused more deaths in the world that anything else in existence. It's basically a man-made version of the plague, that hopefully, one day will be eradicated. People in the future (if there is a future left) will undoubtedly find our history a barbaric one, and why? Because we need to fight for some make believe dude in the sky...
23:13 July 8, 2012 by Flint
@jtech. Religion has killed more people than communism? You might want to rethink that.
00:01 July 9, 2012 by jtech7
@Flint: You do have a point there....in the past, communism did cause extreme numbers of casualties. I would say though, that this (communism) has all happened in the last 100 years. They weren't keeping the kind of records like this back a couple thousand of years ago, when modern day religion was invented (by people just like you and me). Just look at the 30 year war (as just one example) here in Europe. And, how many people die each day (and will continue to die) from the same damn religion (Sunni vs. Shiite)?

I'm with Bassplayer on this one...for me, it's all about the spirituality, and living life the right way.
Today's headlines
Mediterranean migrant crisis
Germany to take most in refugee quota project
The German navy rescues refugees in the Mediterranean. Photo: DPA.

Germany to take most in refugee quota project

Germany found out on Wednesday it will have to take in the largest number of refugees under the European Commission's new quota system which aims to rehouse 60,000 people over the next two years. READ  

Foreign investors rate Germany Europe's best
A worker assembling motors at a Magdeburg factory. Photo: DPA

Foreign investors rate Germany Europe's best

Germany is behind only China and the USA as a destination for foreign investment, a study has shown. READ  

Cologne evacuates 20,000 after bomb find
The bomb is burrowed deep in the ground. Photo: DPA

Cologne evacuates 20,000 after bomb find

Authorities In Cologne have begun the biggest evacuation since Second World War of around 20,000 people after a 1,000 kg bomb was found in the north-east of the city. READ  

Merkel 'deceived' public on No-Spy treaty
Photo: DPA

Merkel 'deceived' public on No-Spy treaty

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government tricked the public into believing the USA was prepared to sign a so-called 'no-spy agreement' with Germany ahead of elections in 2013, a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung claimed on Wednesday. READ  

Forbes: Merkel still world's mightiest woman
Photo: DPA

Forbes: Merkel still world's mightiest woman

Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women for the fifth straight year but Hillary Clinton is snapping at her heels, the magazine said on Tuesday. READ  

German public shop with renewed confidence
People throng the halls of the Milaneo shopping centre in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

German public shop with renewed confidence

Consumer confidence in Germany is at its highest in 13.5 years, as the positive economic outlook and low inflation persuade consumers to open their purses, a poll found on Wednesday. READ  

Shocked fishermen hook a shell of a catch
Locals enjoy the normally tranquil Seeburger See

Shocked fishermen hook a shell of a catch

A couple of friends who went for a quiet spot of fishing on Lake Seeburg in Lower Saxony on Monday got the fright of their life when they pulled up their net to find an artillery shell inside. READ  

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday
Leipzig's impressive skyline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday

This weekend the city of Leipzig is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary, since it was first mentioned by the chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg in 1015. The Local gives some insight into one of Germany's most vibrant cities. READ  

Police tighten borders ahead of German G7
File photo: DPA

Police tighten borders ahead of German G7

German authorities have reintroduced border controls two weeks before the leaders of the G7 economies gather in Elmau, southern Bavaria. READ  

North Germany feels pain of Russia sanctions
Photo: DPA file photo

North Germany feels pain of Russia sanctions

Schleswig Holstein's exports to Russia have dropped by 31 percent, state finance minister Reinhard Meyer said in comments reported by the Hamburger Abendblatt on Tuesday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Travel
Why the train strike is bad for passengers and workers
National
Meet Germany's Eurovision hope
Business & Money
Is 2015 a new moment for jobsharing?
Features
How the LGBT rights movement was born in Germany
National
Why you don't make bomb jokes at the airport
National
Why Germany needs a little less tipple
National
Who Germans and Americans trust... and don't
Politics
What the UK election means for Germany
National
Why Germany is great for mums
Features
The Germans with GI dads
Five ways Germany falls short on gay rights
Travel
Giant tortoise found riding Munich rail
National
FCK CPS? A-OK with court
Politics
Opinion: Brexit's dangers for Germany
Features
Smart kids all want to work for BMW
National
Minister shows off top Denglisch
National
Germany's 'other genocide' in Africa
National
Arms firms get a 'must do better' mark on ethics
Sport
Bayern's anticlimactic 25th Bundesliga win
Politics
A Greek learning politics in Germany
Features
The battle of the "Gates of Berlin"
National
Germany's 'very poor' lobbying record
National
Germany's favourite baby names of 2014
Politics
Merkel's 15 years at the top of German politics
Travel
Lowest of the low: how woman exploited Germanwings crash
Features
Spice up asparagus season with The Local's serving suggestions
Sport
Football and the €30,000 firework
Technology
Why scientists oppose killer robots
National
'Cannibal cop' gets 8 years
National
Which city is Germany's worst for drivers?
Technology
Electrifying 'Ostalgia'
National
Cologne Cathedral returns from space
Pupils mourn lost classmates
National
Freed after 25 years on death row
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
10 things you didn’t know about Zagreb (and why you should go)
Is your workload 'out of control'? You're not alone...
Sponsored Article
What expat parents should ask before choosing a school
Features
Paddy's Day, Berlin style
National
Why east Germans are happy to get it on on camera
National
Uplifting thoughts to get you through the last week of winter
National
What would you do with a 250-year-old pretzel?
National
Who wants the Olympics more - Hamburg or Berlin?
Features
Just why is the German flag Schwarz, Rot, Gold?
Business & Money
Getting German workers and bosses thinking positive
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

6,641
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd