Court reviews deportation of 'Caliph of Cologne'

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7 December 2004 , LEIPZIG - A federal court in Germany on Tuesday launched a review of the deportation to Turkey of a radical Islamic cleric who proclaimed himself the "Caliph of Cologne" and predicted Islam would rule the world one day. At issue before the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig was whether 52-year-old Metin Kaplan's human rights were violated when German authorities deported him to Turkey in October, where he faces charges of treason. Kaplan's chief attorney, Ingeborg Naumann, told the

7 December 2004  

LEIPZIG - A federal court in Germany on Tuesday launched a review of the deportation to Turkey of a radical Islamic cleric who proclaimed himself the "Caliph of Cologne" and predicted Islam would rule the world one day.

At issue before the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig was whether 52-year-old Metin Kaplan's human rights were violated when German authorities deported him to Turkey in October, where he faces charges of treason.

Kaplan's chief attorney, Ingeborg Naumann, told the Leipzig court that Kaplan, who is under treatment for cancer, would not receive a fair trial in Turkey.

"He faces possible torture or inhumane incarceration conditions and it will be impossible for him to receive a fair trial," she said, according to NTV television.

Kaplan, who headed the banned Caliphate State movement, is scheduled to go on trial in Turkey on 20 December.

German government attorneys argued that he was extradited only after Turkey gave assurances that Kaplan's rights will be respected.

Kaplan came to Germany in 1982 seeking political asylum. In 1995, he assumed the leadership of the Caliphate State group from his father.

In an ensuing power struggle with a rival, Ibrahim Sofu, Kaplan had urged his followers to kill Sofu, who was murdered by unknown assailants in Berlin in 1997.

After his release from prison in May 2003, Kaplan had fought deportation attempts by German authorities.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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