German Muslim converts protest government scrutiny

The recent arrest of two German converts on accusations of plotting terrorist attacks has placed Muslim converts in the European country under the microscope. “You can’t say that conversion to Islam carries an implicit tendency towards becoming a radical,” said Stefan Reichmuth, a professor of Islamic studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Last week, Germany announced the arrest of three people, including Germans who embraced Islam, for planning attacks on Frankfurt international airport and a nearby US military base.

Student’s call to murder ‘the infidel’ faces jail

An accountancy student accused of calling on Muslims in Merseyside to kill non-believers denied soliciting to murder, it was reported this week. Malcolm Hodges, 43, allegedly sent letters to mosques and Islamic groups across the country on November 3 last year. Faxed to organisations including the Liverpool Muslim Society, the documents are said to have encouraged the recipients to murder “the infidel”. The accused was arrested by Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officers in April this year.