COLOGNE – Authorities in Germany Friday staged raids on followers of a radical Islamic cleric who calls himself the “caliph of Cologne”.
Searches were carried out at 31 homes, businesses and Muslim prayer rooms in southern Germany, authorities said.
The raids came as a deadline approached for a two-month delay in extraditing Metin Kaplan, 51, to Turkey to stand trial for treason and murder.
The fate of Kaplan, a breakaway Turkish imam who claims the title of “caliph” of the Islamic world, has become a national political controversy in Germany, with the media and law-and-order groups suggesting he is making a fool of the authorities.
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Kaplan has served a four-year jail term in Germany for inciting the murder of a rival pretender to the caliphate. His group has been banned because of its violence and its rejection of democracy.