German police arrest two for Islamist website

26th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

The German-language website, Global Islamic Media Front, contains videos from al Qaeda and the radical group Ansar al-Islam.

Karlsruhe, Germany -- German federal police arrested two men Tuesday for operating a radical Islamist website and they are likely to face charges of supporting terrorism, prosecutors said.

The German-language website, GIMF, which stands for Global Islamic Media Front, contained videos from al Qaeda, Mesopotamian al Qaeda and the radical group Ansar al-Islam.

It also contained two videos made in Germany demanding the withdrawal of German and Austrian troops from Afghanistan, the prosecutor-general's office in Karlsruhe said.

The suspects, ages 23 and 26, are both German nationals. A third German, 19, who was already in custody on another matter, was also suspected of involvement in running the site.

Police arrested the two men Tuesday in the German towns of Biberach and Schlangen on warrants issued last week. Another five people are under suspicion after 12 homes were searched during the day.

Explaining why managing a website was considered to be terrorism, the prosecutors said it spreads propaganda.

"The operators of GIMF assist the purpose of Islamist terrorist groups to reach the largest possible audience with propaganda that serves to mobilize more supporters and intimidate the western public," the statement said.


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