A federal court in Germany endorsed the deportation from Germany that is planned for two Muslim extremists who were born in Germany but are foreign nationals, even though there is no proof of any serious crime on their part. The ruling may signal that the German government to deport other dangerous foreign nationals.
Germany was galvanized in shock by three attacks claimed by the Islamic State. One of the attacks occurred at a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19, 2016, in which 12 people were killed. After the Christmas attack by a rejected asylum-seeker, Germany’s government proposed deporting such individuals and on monitoring extremists.
Detained in February in the town of Goettingen during an investigation into suspected plans for terrorist incidents, the men have not been identified. One is Algerian and the other is Nigerian. When the two men were detained, police found at least one firearm, as well as ammunition, Islamic State flags, and a machete. The state government of Lower Saxony ordered their deportation, which is expected before April 16. On Tuesday, the Federal Administrative Court threw out a case against the decision. German authorities plan to ban the pair for life from returning to Germany.
“This is a clear signal to all fanatics that we won’t leave them one centimeter for their inhuman plans,” said state Interior Minister Boris Pistorius.
The German government decided to deport them, even while the men’s plans were not fully developed. Authorities relied for the first time on tightened anti-terrorism laws that were passed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. “You can count on us using all means at our disposal with full force,” Pistorius said. “It’s completely irrelevant whether they grew up here or not.”
After the 2016 attacks, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed enhancing national security, which included deporting foreigners deemed dangerous and stripping dual nationals of their German citizenship when they found to have been combatants for terrorist groups. who fight for extremist groups of their German citizenship.