Two alleged ISIS supporters who were born in Germany are to be deported from the country in the first such expulsion in history.
The men, who hold Nigerian and Algerian citizenship, were arrested on
suspicion of planning an imminent terror attack after a gun and Isis
flags were found at their homes during police raids in Göttingen.
They have not been prosecuted and the allegations have not been tested
in a criminal court, but federal judges upheld their planned
deportation, bolstering government plans to expel more foreign nationals
believed to be terror threat.
Boris Pistorius, the interior minister for Lower Saxony, said the move
sent a “nationwide signal to all fanatics, that we will give not even a
centimetre for their inhuman plans”.
“They will be met with the full severity of means at our disposal –
whether they have grown up here [in Germany] or not,” he added.
Authorities in the state adopted a new law allowing them to expel
terror suspects held to be dangerous in February, amid nationwide
security crackdowns following the attacks.
The two unnamed suspects launched an appeal to stay their expulsion
from Germany but it was rejected by the Federal Administrative Court on
“This has confirmed our legal position,” Mr Pistorius said. “We have
applied the sharpest sword of law governing foreigners to avert a
concrete danger and I am satisfied that the court agrees with our
The men, who hold Nigerian and Algerian citizenship through their
parents, were described as having an extremist Salafist background. They
were arrested in February when investigators found two weapons, at
least one of them a firearm that required no permit but had been
altered to fire live ammunition.
Ammunition was also discovered alongside flags of the so-called Islamic
State and a machete, with counter-terror police seizing computers and
Lower Saxony’s state government said they will be transported before
Easter and could also be banned from returning to Germany for life.
Source: The Independent