Seven Islamists fined for operating ‘shariah police’ patrols in Germany

Seven Islamists fined for operating ‘shariah police’ patrols in Germany June 2, 2019
Five members of the sharia police pictured in 2014. Image via YouTube.

A POSSE of hardline Islamists were fined at the end of May for violating Geman rules regarding the wearing of unofficial uniforms.

The men, aged between 27 and 37, were handed fines ranging from €300.00 (£265.00) to €1,800 euros (£1,595.00).

The group took to the streets of the western city of Wuppertal in 2014, dressed in orange vests bearing the words “sharia police” and handing out leaflets declaring the area a “sharia-controlled zone” where alcohol, music and pornography were banned under Islam’s sharia law.

The court said the group and their helpers were aware of the militant effect they were trying to achieve.

They were acquitted in 2016 when judges found that the vests couldn’t be classified as a uniform and weren’t intimidating. A federal court ordered a retrial.

According to this report, the fanatics are followers of Salafism, a puritanical form of Islam – and  one of the world’s fastest-growing Islamic movements.

They had  been seen in the city’s nightlife area, urging people to refrain from alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography and other activities. They also reportedly distributed leaflets with the same guidelines.

Police reportedly stopped 11 men aged between 19 and 33. An investigation was subsequently launched. The government said it regarded the patrols as “provocative” and said it would not tolerate any “parallel law”.

The country’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere reportedly said at the time:

No sharia laws will be tolerated on German soil. No one has the right to tarnish the good image of the German police.

Wuppertal Police Chief Birgitta Rademacher added:

Intimidation or provocation won’t be tolerated.

German media also cited Wuppertal’s mayor, Peter Jung, expressing his support for the hard line taken by police on the group’s actions.

These people’s intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology [upon others].

Wuppertal residents also expressed concerns over the “sharia police”. A hotlinewas  set up by officials, allowing locals to report any information regarding activities of the self-proclaimed patrol, and a real police presence has been increased in the city.

Officials in North Rhein-Westphalia say that approximately 1,800 people were part of the Salafist scene in the area, with ten percent of the members considered to be violent extremists.

In 2012, the movement drew worldwide attention after announcing a long-term campaign to distribute 25 million free copies of translated Korans among Germans.

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  • rubaxter

    Maybe if they wore Brown Shirts, instead, there might not have been such a wetting of the underwear before dealing with this obvious attempt at conspiring to set up a state-within-the-state?

  • Cozmo the Magician

    “the good image of the German police” and another irony meter just exploded.

  • Broga

    ““sharia-controlled zone” where alcohol, music and pornography were banned” This nonsense is rich in irony. Didn’t I read some time ago that the heaviest users of pornography were inhabitants of Islamist countries? The wealthy can get drunk when in a none Islamist countries: and do.

    If these were not such lethal nutters it would be impossible to regard them seriously.

  • Vanity Unfair

    Does Germany have a specific “impersonating a police officer” offence? That would be a better way to address the problem.

  • Broga

    One of the most effective ways of beating fascists is to show how ridiculous they are. PG Wodehouse does this to devastating and hilarious effect to the
    fascist dictator Roderick Spode, in “The Code of the Woosters”. Spode, based on Oswald Mosley, is the leader of a militaristic fascist group called the Blackshorts.

    Wodehouse got himself into trouble by appearing to help the Nazis and was attacked by the columnist Cassandra (William Neil Connor): a master of polemic. Later Cassandra, and others saw Wodehouse as extremely naive and the offence was misguided but unforgivable at the time. Later Connor came to like Wodehouse and they dined together when Connor was in the USA.

    In the UK our ultra sensitivity to religious feeling today even to ridicule of the ridiculous, is risky. So these posturing twats would have every understanding extended to them. Consigning atheists to eternal hell fire still seems just fine.

  • Sau Peih

    I get confused… why are they fined instead of the country embracing the “multiculturalism” of it all? These people, after all, are merely “early adopters”.

  • persephone

    Supply them with one-way tickets to Saudi Arabia. They can fight it out with the Wahhabis over who are the better Muslims.

  • Vanity Unfair

    I should really like to hear those talks. Do recordings exist?
    When I first heard about them I wondered whether Nazis had any idea of irony since Wodehouse’s ideal of the movement is, as you say, personified by Spode, a figure of fun later revealed as the owner of Eulalia Soeurs, a manufacturer of bespoke ladies’ lingerie. (There’s nothing wrong with that, of course,but Spode goes to great lengths to hide the fact.)

  • rubaxter

    One of the most popular features of Augusta Nation Country Club use to be the ‘personal liquor cabinets’ each member stocked with all the benefits of club administration, which allowed them to drink especially after hours and on Sunday.

  • rubaxter

    Just who is paying them, and whose money is being funneled in to keep extraterritorial Muslims of all sects and all countries-of-origin in line with what appears to be the most ignorant and primitive form of Islam?

    This takes some form of admin in the country and some sort of international finance to move it from foreign powers trying to undermine the German govt.

  • rubaxter

    Go back and read some history books.

  • Freethinker

    Just keep letting the Muslims come to Europe. What could possibly go wrong.

  • Robert Baden

    Considering how Christianists have taken over so many state legislatures in the US I’m not sure about that.