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Former rapper turned Salafist flees Germany
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Former rapper turned Salafist flees Germany

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

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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.
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