Extremist expelled from Germanybrought before Turkish court

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13 October 2004 , ISTANBUL - A radical Islamist preacher was arraigned before a Turkish court in handcuffs on Wednesday, only hours after his arrival after being deported from Germany. Metin Kaplan spent the night in police custody after arriving from Duesseldorf, where he was put on a chartered plane by German authorities immediately after the deportation ruling by a court in Cologne. At an Istanbul court on Wednesday Kaplan refused to stand before the court, his lawyers saying he was ill and tired, and r

13 October 2004

ISTANBUL - A radical Islamist preacher was arraigned before a Turkish court in handcuffs on Wednesday, only hours after his arrival after being deported from Germany.

Metin Kaplan spent the night in police custody after arriving from Duesseldorf, where he was put on a chartered plane by German authorities immediately after the deportation ruling by a court in Cologne.

At an Istanbul court on Wednesday Kaplan refused to stand before the court, his lawyers saying he was ill and tired, and refused to give any defence statement.

"I will not be giving a statement and will use my right to remain silent," Kaplan told the court.

Kaplan faces charges of seeking the violent overthrow of the constitutional order for having been behind plans to fly a small plane packed with explosives into the mausoleum of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The court ordered that Kaplan remain in custody for the duration of proceedings. Exactly when his trial will begin is not clear.

Known in Germany as the Caliph of Cologne, the 51-year-old leader had fought deportation for years.

Kaplan did not attend a deportation hearing at a Cologne court on Tuesday and was picked up by authorities at an Internet cafe after the ruling.

The Cologne court said the reasons for immediate expulsion outweighed those for granting a stay until the appeal could be heard. It described Kaplan as a "figure of identification for Islamic extremism".

Federal Interior Minister Otto Schily, who had ordered Kaplan's movement be banned three years ago, told German television that Berlin had received guarantees from Ankara that Kaplan would be given a fair trial.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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