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Raid targets suspected Islamist fund-raisers

The Local · 19 Jul 2011, 14:27

Published: 19 Jul 2011 14:27 GMT+02:00

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The raids by around 60 police officers in Baden-Württemberg under the code name “Iron” recovered propaganda material and close to €10,000 in cash, public prosecutors in Stuttgart said.

The properties were used by six people including four said to be German citizens of Turkish origin, and two Turks aged between 42 and 51. One of them was an imam.

Police suspect them of collecting money to send abroad for terrorist purposes and to commit “seditious violence and the formation of a criminal organization.”

The Südwestrundfunk broadcaster said the main suspect was a 51-year-old who has previously been involved with a banned Islamic organization.

One of the suspects is also said to have boasted in the past that he would defend himself with weapons if police approached, which may have prompted the response by so many officers.

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14:58 July 19, 2011 by oldMoslin
Would it be possible for police to find out who is funding the NeoNazis in the eastern block who damages now and then different things in side GERMANY?
16:37 July 19, 2011 by tueken
Radical islamist is terrorist, skin head is not just on the same level.
18:14 July 19, 2011 by Englishted
No one arrested?
19:45 July 19, 2011 by marimay
Need a BS story to keep the people scared, that's all.
00:54 July 20, 2011 by Perser=Anti-arabism
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09:43 July 20, 2011 by Ludinwolf
I actually like that.

If this would happen in uk, uk wouldnt be a famous breeding country for this sort of fanatical religious ones.

Any sort of fanatism/extremist is a threat. I am not against muslim but against the fanatics of any source.
10:23 July 20, 2011 by moistvelvet
If the Islamists wanted to raise funds for terrorism without fear of prosecution then they should perhaps follow the Provisional IRA's approach and set up business in the USA.
03:41 July 21, 2011 by wenddiver
@moistvelvet- You rea falling for a myth, up until the end of World War II the majority of weapons and money came from the German Government. After World War II, the IRA was funded like the other terrorist groups by the old Soviet Union/Stassi, just like the Baeder Meinhoff Gang, Japanese Red Army, PLO/Black September and othe Popular Fronts for Liberation that wanted to crush democracy.

Don't be duped, IRA gunmen like Joseph Daughtery who fell into the hands of the US government spent decades in prison, before being handed over to the British Government.

God love you people from the Middle-East, clue less.
12:52 July 21, 2011 by michael4096
@wenddiver - no, it is you falling for the myth

Many fundraisers for the IRA where operating in the bars of the US until Clinton explicitely stopped the practice. This is apart from the 'official' Noraid efforts that you can read about on Wikipedia. I know this because I have seen and heard them myself.

Even after the practice was officially outlawed, there remained a legal loophole whereby Americans could donate to political parties such as Sinn Fein and, though nobody is sure how much, it is accepted that far more was collected than accounted by the party. Eventually, that was stopped by the British government banning political donantions from abroad.
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