“He converted to Islam in August 2011. But he later ‘slipped into radicalism.'” Whoops! Is that like slipping on a banana peel? Or more like slipping into something less comfortable? Are German authorities entirely incurious about how this “slip” occurred? Have they investigated what is being taught at the mosque Nils Donath attended? Have they questioned those who converted him? Why not?
“Isis ‘storm trooper’ jailed for four years,” The Local, March 4, 2016:
A German court on Friday convicted an Islamic State “storm trooper” who helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria, sentencing him to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Nils Donath, a 25-year-old German national, had travelled to Syria in October 2013 to join the jihadist group which controls a large swathe of Syria and Iraq.
Prosecutors, who had sought a sentence of four years and nine months, said at the trial that tasks Donath took on at the IS included assisting in interrogations, prison guard duty, as well as participation in the jihadist group’s “storm troops,” a special assault team.
As a member of this unit, Donath took part in 10-15 missions, in which he helped to track down IS deserters, fully aware they would be tortured to death, according to the prosecution.
Donath has been in police custody since his arrest upon his return to Germany in January 2015.
During the trial that opened in January, he told the court of his troubled teenage years, when he was a “pothead” before he converted to Islam in August 2011.
But he later “slipped into radicalism” and joined a local jihadist group called the “Lohberger Brigade” that he travelled with to Syria….