Germany demands radical Islamist'sfamily repay welfare

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2 November 2004 , COLOGNE - Metin Kaplan, the Cologne-based Islamist who was sent home to Turkey last month to face treason charges, was ordered on Tuesday to repay EUR 170,000 in social welfare benefits. Judges at the Cologne administrative tribunal said that far from being poor, Kaplan had received a fortune in contributions over the years from devotees of his Caliphate State movement. Kaplan, like his father before him, claims he is the caliph, or spiritual and temporal ruler, of the Islamic world. He h

2 November 2004

COLOGNE - Metin Kaplan, the Cologne-based Islamist who was sent home to Turkey last month to face treason charges, was ordered on Tuesday to repay EUR 170,000 in social welfare benefits.

Judges at the Cologne administrative tribunal said that far from being poor, Kaplan had received a fortune in contributions over the years from devotees of his Caliphate State movement.

Kaplan, like his father before him, claims he is the caliph, or spiritual and temporal ruler, of the Islamic world. He has served a jail term in Germany for incitement to murder and was extradited to Turkey on 12 October after losing an appeals battle.

Judges said that Kaplan's immediate family would have to repay the sum. They had not been needy as defined under German social welfare law, because they had access to their movement's funds.

A Kaplan lawyer said the decision would be appealed.

DPA

Subject: German news

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