German court says Islamistleader can be deported

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12 October 2004 , COLOGNE - A German court ruled Tuesday that radical Islamist leader Metin Kaplan can be deported to Turkey even though appeal proceedings are continuing. The administrative court in Cologne said authorities did not have to wait for the outcome of the appeal before deporting Kaplan, who headed the banned Caliphate State movement. Kaplan has appealed to the federal administrative court against a previous court ruling on his deportation. But the Cologne court said the public interest in an i

12 October 2004

COLOGNE - A German court ruled Tuesday that radical Islamist leader Metin Kaplan can be deported to Turkey even though appeal proceedings are continuing.

The administrative court in Cologne said authorities did not have to wait for the outcome of the appeal before deporting Kaplan, who headed the banned Caliphate State movement.

Kaplan has appealed to the federal administrative court against a previous court ruling on his deportation.

But the Cologne court said the public interest in an immediate deportation weighed heavier than Kaplan's interests. Kaplan can appeal against the latest ruling to a higher court.

Kaplan, known as the "Caliph of Cologne", served four years in a German jail for incitement to murder a rival. If deported to Turkey, he could face a trial on charges of treason.

DPA

Subject: German news

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