Rami M. Confesses Al-Qaeda Membership in German Court

05.05.2011

On Thursday, the German-Syrian Rami M. confessed to being a member of the Al Qaeda network in the opening day of his trial in Frankfurt/ Main. The 25-year-old confessed to being part of the terror organization and having received training by them in a terrorist camp in Pakistan. Following his arrest by Pakistani security forces last summer and his subsequent extradition to Germany, Rami M. is believed to have given information to German intelligence services about potential terror attacks in Germany, which, then, led to an increase in security measures at German airports and train stations. As he submitted a complete confession, he was given the relatively mild prison-sentence of 4.5 to 5 years.

Controversy over Public Prayer for Bin Laden

04.05.2011, 05.05.2011

Following the killing of Bin Laden, the radical Islamic prayer Pierre Vogel is planning a public funeral prayer for the leader of Al Qaeda in Frankfurt/ Main on Saturday. The city’s authorities, however, have prohibited the public prayer for Bin Laden, as it can be understood as a public ridicule of the victims of 9/11 and other terror attacks by Islamic radicals. Yet, Vogel argued that the prayer was not meant to be a defense of the 9/11 attacks. According to him, Bin Laden, as a Muslim, had the right to receive a prayer.

Vogel’s plans have not only been welcomed, but also criticized for its potential of public provocation within his own ranks and by other Muslim organizations, such as Milli Görus.

Following the ban of the funeral prayer by the city’s authorities, Vogel slightly changed the agenda for his public appearance to a general prayer, without reference to Bin Laden. This is in line with a number of orders issued by the administrative court to prevent the funeral prayer for Bin Laden.