After the arrest in Duisburg, the suspected Islamist is to be brought before a judge. The Attorney General’s Office has requested that he be remanded in custody.
The Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor’s Office has applied for an arrest warrant against the convicted Islamist arrested in Duisburg. This is what an authority spokesman told the dpa. He is to be brought before a judge in Duisburg because he is said to have agreed to commit murder.
According to NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), he had informed himself about attack targets “in relation to pro-Israel demos”. The public prosecutor’s office said there was evidence that the accused had been in contact with a person abroad “in a criminally relevant manner.”
Sentenced to five years in prison in 2017 for IS membership
In 2017, the man was sentenced by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court to a five-year youth prison sentence for membership in the terrorist group Islamic State and served the entire sentence.
Special forces took him into custody in his Duisburg apartment on Tuesday evening. The joint federal and state counterterrorism center was also involved in the police operation. According to the Essen police, there had previously been “indications of a possible attack scenario”.
According to security authorities, there are indications that the 29-year-old wanted to drive a truck to an “Israeli event”.
The 29-year-old appeared in various propaganda videos years ago as a martial IS fighter. However, it remained unclear whether he actually took part in fighting in Syria.
The man from Bielefeld was nevertheless convicted as an IS terrorist by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court on April 6, 2017. He is said to have become radicalized in the Herford Salafist scene in 2012.
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