• Germany's news in English
 
Berlin airport worker 'may have planned attack'
Photo: DPA

Berlin airport worker 'may have planned attack'

Published: 14 Aug 2012 14:52 GMT+02:00

The man, identified only as 21-year-old Florian L., was among a group of people illegally employed by a sub-contractor at the new Willy Brandt Airport site, news magazine Stern reported on Tuesday.

Florian L. converted to Islam a few years ago, and is rated by the Berlin state criminal police (LKA) as likely to commit political crimes of “significance.”

A police report seen by the magazine said he had recently been in close contact with two men who had come to their attention for planning bomb attacks.

The LKA in Brandenburg has suggested there is reason for concern that Florian L. could be “involved in preparation of an attack with explosives,” the magazine said.

But whether he was planning an attack on the airport is unclear. “An evaluation whether his illegal work was just to earn money or was in connection with the preparation of terrorist crimes” could “not be completed on the basis of the currently available information,” the Brandenburg LKA report concluded.

The illegal workers – including Florian L. – were discovered in a check by customs officials. Two of them told Stern they had been working as entry controllers at the airport area, and had access to the airport building site. They were reportedly being employed by City Control, a sub-contractor of Securitas.

Securitas told the magazine that City Control had – in breach of their agreement – hired five workers from another sub-contractor Ibragim Security and that this group had included Florian L.

A statement from the airport corporation said the visit by customs and Brandenburg LKA officials to check for illegal workers had not taken place on the construction site itself, but in the area around the site's offices.

This had been part of the secure building site area but was now open, which was why Securitas had been tasked with guarding it. Securitas was not in charge of entry checks to the construction site, the statement said.

It added that the airport was not yet considered a security zone but that a screening would be undertaken after construction was completed to create such a zone.

The airport has been the target of hefty criticism since it became clear that the June opening date would be missed by a mile and that costs were going way over budget.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

16:09 August 14, 2012 by finanzdoktor
Ok, let me get this straight. They are not going to consider or establish a security zone until after the airport is completed. In other words, let whomever have access and do what they want during the construction, just not afterwards. Hmmmm......believe I will rethink any future travel plans to avoid this airport, if it is ever completed.
Today's headlines
Allianz insured missing AirAsia plane
An arrivals board tells customers to "Go to info counter" at Singapore airport Photo: DPA

Allianz insured missing AirAsia plane

German insurance giant Allianz confirmed on Monday that the firm is the main insurance comapany for AirAsia, the operator a plane that has been missing since Saturday. READ  

New Year minimum wage for millions
Germany's first ever minimum wage will be set at €8.50 Photo: DPA

New Year minimum wage for millions

January 1st means not just New Year resolutions - and hangovers - but a pay increase for millions of hard-up Germans, as the country introduces its first ever minimum wage, set at €8.50. READ  

Manager blasts French Schumacher story
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher skiing. Photo: DPA

Manager blasts French Schumacher story

On the one-year anniversary of Formula One racing great Michael Schumacher's skiing accident in France, his manager is warning that reports on Schumacher's health in a French newspaper are false. READ  

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ owner sorry for racism
Ralph Fiennes and stars of the Grand Budapest Hotel Photo: DPA

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ owner sorry for racism

The businessman who owns the building used for Wes Anderson’s hit film “Grand Budapest Hotel” has apologised for a racist outburst in his local newspaper. READ  

18 Germans onboard flaming ferry
Photo: DPA

18 Germans onboard flaming ferry

Rescuers are battling stormy conditions, including hail, to rescue hundreds of passengers trapped on a flaming ferry in the Adriatic Sea. There are 18 Germans on board, it was reported on Monday. READ  

Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed
The interpol international arrest warrant for Magnotta

Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed

A Canadian killer who sparked an international manhunt after filming himself dismembering his victim before finally being cornered in a Berlin internet café has been found guilty of murder and jailed for life. READ  

Your top stories of 2014
German footballers' girlfriends were a sure-fire hit in 2014. Photo: DPA

Your top stories of 2014

Germany has had a busy year of news and we've loved bringing it to our Local readers. We checked our stats and picked out stories that most people enjoyed reading in 2014. READ  

German-Turkish group against far-right talks
Protesters in Munich rally against the PEGIDA organization. Photo: DPA

German-Turkish group against far-right talks

A Turkish community leader in Germany warned on Sunday against proposals by mainstream politicians for "dialogue" with a far-right populist movement that has drawn thousands to anti-Islamic street protests. READ  

Merkel calls for truce talks over Ukraine crisis
Angela Merkel and Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko. Photo: DPA

Merkel calls for truce talks over Ukraine crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday welcomed a prisoner swap between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels but expressed regret about the stalling of truce talks. READ  

Germany warns Greece over reforms as left rises
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said he expects Greece to honour its debts. Photo: DPA

Germany warns Greece over reforms as left rises

Germany's finance minister has warned Greece that any new government must respect commitments made by its predecessor, as the country moved closer to early elections that EU officials fear would be won by a radical leftist party. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Willy Brandt at his inauguration in 1972. Photo: DPA
National
Willy Brandt: the man, the chancellor... the airport?
Dresden skyline and river by night. Photo: DPA
Politics
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
Sponsored Article
Why are these International Baccalaureate students cheering?
Germany's national football team lifts the World Cup trophy
Gallery
Germany's most-Googled words of 2014
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Photo: DPA
National
This German was abducted and tortured by the CIA
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Sponsored Article
Top ten gifts for an expat Christmas
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Stuff your face with these festive German cookies
Photo: DPA
Culture
What do beer, breakfast cereal and dildos have in common?
Culture
The Local's guide to German Christmas markets
Sponsored Article
Top five quirky Christmas jumpers
Photo: DPA
Culture
Get ready for Christmas like a German. We tell you how.
Photo: DPA
Munich
She did what with her dead mother?
Photo: DPA
National
Germany still paying for crisis fall out
Photo: DPA
Culture
Saxon wurst is the worst, Christmas market declares.
Photo: DPA
Politics
Can 'sorry' ever be enough for the Linke?
Photo: DPA
Berlin
The Local's series on 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Photo: DPA
Gallery
See how Berlin has changed in 22 photos
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
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

3,016
jobs available
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
Details and how to apply
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd