[DW] Members of a "Shariah police" vigilante group have been handed fines for donning illegal uniforms. The men had attempted to impose a "Shariah controlled zone" in the western German city of Wuppertal.|
A German court found seven alleged members of a self-styled "Shariah police" guilty of violating rules on wearing uniforms after a retrial in the western city of Wuppertal.
The defendants, men aged between 27 and 37, face fines ranging from €300 to €1,800 ($335 to $2,015) for violating Germany's laws against wearing uniforms.
Monday's acquittal comes at the end of a second trial for the group after Germany's Federal Court of Justice threw out their original 2016 acquittal.
| Fines are marginally better than acquittal, I suppose, but it isn’t a high price to pay for connection to ISIS.|
The accused patrolled the streets of Wuppertal in September 2014 dressed in orange vests bearing the words "Shariah police." They handed out leaflets declaring the area a "Shariah-controlled zone," where alcohol, music and pornography were banned under Islam's Shariah law.
The men were accused of infringing uniform laws, but judges in the Wuppertal District Court acquitted them of the charges in November 2016 after they determined that they was not enough proof that they were breaking the law.
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the Federal Court of Justice, Germany's constitutional court, overturned the acquittal and ordered a retrial in January 2018, determining that the district court had not examined the impact of the vigilantes' actions on the public.
At the time of the "Shariah police" patrol, the men were led by Sven Lau,
one of Germany's most renowned Salafi preachers. He was himself sentenced in 2017 to a 5 1/2 year prison sentence after being convicted of "supporting a terrorist organization" in a separate case.
| ...convert to Islam under the name Abu Adam and big turban in Germany for Jamwa*, for which he collected money, equipment, and the occasional fighter, all sent on to one of the nastier units of ISIS in Syria. Previously he’d emired local Salafist group Invitation to Paradise, which formally disbanded in 2011 to avoid being banned.|
Last week, a German court ordered the release of Lau, who had been behind bars since 2015.
| ...that terrorist org. being ISIS...|
| * Jamwa, or more formally Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (JMA), which Deutsche Welle’s journalists fondly believe translates as Army of Emigrants and Helpers, is listed in Germany as a terrorist organization. The group, also linked to the Caucasus Emirate, is in Syria made up primarily of jihadis from the former Soviet Union. They originally pledged allegiance to Al Nusra, except those splitters who pledged to ISIS. Herr Lau belongs to the ISIS bunch. The Al Nusra lads now belong to the Free Syrian Army.|