False claims could cost German citizenship

24th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2006, KARLSRUHE - Naturalized Germans could lose their citizenship if they provide false information in their naturalization applications, the constitutional court ruled Wednesday.

24 May 2006

KARLSRUHE - Naturalized Germans could lose their citizenship if they provide false information in their naturalization applications, the constitutional court ruled Wednesday.

A passage in the German constitution that rules out invalidating a person's citizenship does not apply if the original claim was false, the court said.

The court was ruling on a case brought by a Nigerian man who obtained a German passport by providing authorities with what was later found to be erroneous information.

The issue of citizenship made headlines last week in the Netherlands when the controversial Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali was told she was losing her citizenship over shortcomings in her 1992 asylum application.

Hirsi Ali gained a high public profile as a result of her close association with the controversial Dutch filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered by an Islamic extremist in Amsterdam in November 2004.

DPA

Subject: German News

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