German prosecutors probing Islamist website

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10 April 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German prosecutors are probing a German-language Islamist website on suspicion of providing support for terrorists, according to a report Friday in the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. Der Spiegel named the website as the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), which last week placed on its site a video of two German hostages held in Iraq pleading for their lives. The video was shown by GIMF shortly after it had appeared on Arabic websites. According to Der Spiegel, the probe was

10 April 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German prosecutors are probing a German-language Islamist website on suspicion of providing support for terrorists, according to a report Friday in the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel.

Der Spiegel named the website as the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), which last week placed on its site a video of two German hostages held in Iraq pleading for their lives.

The video was shown by GIMF shortly after it had appeared on Arabic websites.

According to Der Spiegel, the probe was initiated after an earlier video of the hostages had been shown by GIMF in March.

The hostage-takers are demanding the withdrawal of all German troops from Afghanistan. The hostages are a 61-year-old German woman who works for the Austrian embassy and her 20-year-old son by an Iraqi man.

Der Spiegel reported that GIMF had for the past year been publishing what it termed "jihadi propaganda of all kinds" in German, along with translations into German of speeches by terrorist leaders.

DPA

Subject: German news

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