This is odd. Why are they going to try these men? If someone in Germany were to, say, draw Muhammad, the German state authorities would act as Sharia police — so why trouble these men? They should be giving the regular police training for how to enforce Sharia in the Germany of the future.
A German court has ruled that a group of Islamic extremists who patrolled the streets of Wuppertal in orange vests, bearing the words “Sharia police” can be tried. A Wuppertal district court had dismissed the case.
Düsseldorf state court said on Tuesday that eight of the nine accused men can face trial on the grounds of “violating laws against wearing uniforms with political messages.”
The decision overturned a ruling by Wuppertal district court last December, in which the judge said the behavior of accused Islamist preacher Sven Lau did not amount to a “criminal violation of the ban on uniforms.” The decision sparked controversy in Germany and led to an appeal by prosecutors. The latest ruling by the Court of Appeal cannot be overturned.
Lau, who is widely regarded as a leading figure in the German Salafist scene, was also indicted by federal prosecutors last month on suspicion of supporting a terror group linked to the self-declared “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria.
The Salafists, who are all aged between 24 and 35, first made headlines in September 2014 after they patrolled the streets of Wuppertal, in Germany’s western industrial Ruhr region, in an attempt to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.
Wearing orange vests, emblazoned with the words “Shariah police,” the defendants allegedly demanded people at nightclubs stop drinking alcohol and listening to music.
The bearded fundamentalists were also observed calling for an end to gambling as they carried notices, in English, declaring a “Sharia Controlled Zone.”
At the time of the reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented that no one had the right to do the police’s work for them….
Apparently she did not say that Sharia police were at variance with German values.