Germany to tighten vetting of foreign students

23rd October 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Germany plans to tighten vetting procedures for foreign students as a consequence of a failed train bomb attack three months ago, a news magazine reported Monday. The weekly Der Spiegel said persons who stand as guarantors for students in their visa applications would be checked out in future in addition to the students themselves and their sponsors. The duration of residence permits would be cut by half to at least one year and the students would have to report regularly to

23 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Germany plans to tighten vetting procedures for foreign students as a consequence of a failed train bomb attack three months ago, a news magazine reported Monday.

The weekly Der Spiegel said persons who stand as guarantors for students in their visa applications would be checked out in future in addition to the students themselves and their sponsors.

The duration of residence permits would be cut by half to at least one year and the students would have to report regularly to local government offices, the magazine.

A 21-year-old Lebanese man studying in Germany is among three people in detention for planting suitcase bombs that failed to go off in Dortmund and Koblenz on July 31.

Der Spiegel said two men who acted as references for the Lebanese student were not scrutinized by officials although they were known to police.

In addition to the man held in German custody, two people were detained in Lebanon in connection with the suitcase bombs.

Another Lebanese student taken into custody in Germany was released last month after a court ruled there was insufficient evidence to link him to the thwarted attacks.

The suitcase bombs failed to explode because of a faulty mechanism and were only discovered later by unsuspecting train guards.

DPA

Subject: German news

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