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Germany bans Salafi Muslim groups | Instant News

BERLIN, February 25 (Reuters) – German authorities carried out raids at several locations in Berlin and Brandenburg on Thursday after banning Berlin’s Salafi Muslim group, police said.

Berlin’s senate interior department on Thursday said it had banned the “jihad-salafi” association Jama’atu Berlin, also known as the Berlin Tauhid, and that police had carried out the raid, without providing further details.

The German newspaper Tagesspiegel said the group glorified the battle for “Islamic State” on the internet and called for the killing of Jews, adding that criminal proceedings were awaiting decisions against some of its members.

The newspaper added that the group had been in contact with Anis Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker who failed with Islamic ties, who hijacked a truck and took it to a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people in 2016.

Salafis – strict Sunni Muslims – include peaceful private individuals, activists seeking to implement Sharia law, and militants who advocate violence to establish a state they perceive to represent true Islam.

The number of Salafis has risen in Germany to an all-time high of 12,150 in 2019, Germany’s domestic intelligence said in its annual report last year, listing them among “Islamic extremists”.

It said the number of Salafis has more than tripled since 2011 and that Salafi groups in Germany are going through a consolidation stage, adding that followers remain a low profile in public. (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; editing by Philippa Fletcher)


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European human rights courts back Germany in the Kunduz air raid case | Instant News

Berlin (Reuters) – A German inquiry into the deadly 2009 air strike near the Afghan city of Kunduz was ordered by a German commander to fulfill his right-to-life obligations, a European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Afghan police inspect the location of the air raid in Kunduz 4 September 2009. REUTERS / Wahdat

The Strasbourg-based court ruling rejected complaints by Afghan Abdul Hanan, who lost two of his sons in the attack, that Germany was not fulfilling its obligation to investigate the incident effectively.

In September 2009, the German commander of NATO forces in Kunduz summoned a US fighter jet to attack two fuel trucks near a town that NATO believed had been hijacked by Taliban insurgents.

The Afghan government says at that time 99 people, including 30 civilians, had died. Independent rights groups estimate that between 60 and 70 civilians were killed.

The death toll shocked Germany and eventually forced its defense minister to resign over accusations of covering up civilian casualties ahead of the 2009 German elections.

Germany’s federal attorney general has found that the commander is not subject to criminal responsibility, mainly because he believed when he ordered the airstrikes that no civilians were present.

In order for him to be held accountable under international law, he must be shown to have acted with a view to causing excessive civilian casualties.

The European Court of Human Rights considers the effectiveness of the German investigation, including whether it establishes a justification for the use of lethal force. It doesn’t take into account the legality of air strikes.

Of the 9,600 NATO troops in Afghanistan, Germany has the second largest contingent behind the United States.

The 2020 peace agreement between the Taliban and Washington calls for foreign troops to withdraw by May 1, but US President Joe Biden’s administration is reviewing the deal after the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated.

Germany is preparing to extend the mandate for its military mission in Afghanistan from March 31 to the end of this year, with troops remaining at up to 1,300, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold


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Mediaset Italia won two legal cases involving online piracy | Instant News

FILE PHOTOS: Mediaset Tower seen in Cologno Monzese, near Milan, Italy, 8 April 2016. REUTERS / Stefano Rellandini / Photo File

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian broadcaster Mediaset said on Friday it had won two legal cases against French and US portals involving online piracy.

In a statement, the broadcaster said an Italian court had ordered French Dailymotion to pay him more than 22 million euros ($ 27 million) for illegally publishing 15,000 videos using Mediaset content.

The court also ordered American portal Veoh, known as Qlipso Inc at the time of the offense, to pay Mediaset more than € 3.3 million and a fee of € 60,000.

Vivendi, who currently owns Dailymotion, said the company would appeal the ruling, a spokesman said.

Veoh could not immediately be reached for comment.

($ 1 = 0.8215 euros)

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, Andrea Mandala, editing by Louise Heavens and Steve Orlofsky


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