• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Former rapper turned Salafist flees Germany

The Local · 7 Jul 2012, 12:12

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.”

Story continues below…

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
Man gets life in jail for murder of two young children
Silvio Schulz. Photo: DPA

A former security guard was handed a life sentence Tuesday for murdering two children, one of them a four-year-old Bosnian boy snatched from a crowded migrant registration centre last year.

Munich shooting
German Turks mourn Munich shooting victims
Flowers for the victims. Photo: DPA

Seven of the nine victims were Muslim.

Doctor killed in Berlin hospital shooting: police
Police at the scene in southern Berlin. Photo: DPA

A doctor has died after being shot at a Berlin hospital by an elderly man, Berlin police said on Twitter on Tuesday.

The Local List
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts

These hidden spots are steeped in shadows of their past and just begging to be explored...

Berlin refugee teen prepares to swim at the Olympics
Photo: DPA

Eighteen-year-old refugee Yusra Mardini has pulled a boat of 20 refugees from the middle of the Aegean to the Greek shore. Now she's preparing to swim at the Olympics.

Opinion
There still hasn’t been an Isis attack on Germany
The attack site in Ansbach. Photo: DPA

The last week has been brutal and shocking, but we need to stay calm and keep the events we have witnessed in perspective, argues Jörg Luyken.

How plainclothes cops caused panic at Munich shooting
Photo: DPA

Plainclothes officers can help in fight against gun attacks. But Munich showed that they can lead to confusion in efforts to track down the real attackers.

Immigration and integration Germany's 'biggest challenge'
Migrants queuing at a reception centre in Bavaria. Photo: DPA

Eighty-three percent of Germans see immigration as Germany's "biggest challenge" - that's twice as many as a year ago, and more than in any of the other countries surveyed.

Ansbach suicide attack
Sleepy Bavarian town left shocked by suicide attack
Ansbach. Photo: DPA

Residents of Ansbach were left reeling Monday after a Syrian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a music festival, shattering the sleepy calm of this picture-postcard southern German city.

Rapturous reception at Wagner fest's opening night
Bayreuther festival 2016, Parsifal. Photo: DPA

Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival, dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, got off to a rapturous start on Monday with a brand new production of the composer's last opera, "Parsifal", enthusiastically received by the first-night audience.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
DPA
Gallery
IN PICTURES: How Munich responded to shooting spree
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
National
Bavaria train attack: Were police right to shoot to kill?
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
National
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Culture
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
National
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Lifestyle
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
Lifestyle
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
Lifestyle
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
Features
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Culture
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
10,756
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd