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Hagen Synagogue: Suspected 16-year-old in custody for chats

In the Hagen case, a 16-year-old Syrian is in custody after a judge’s decision on Friday evening. There is an urgent suspicion against him of preparing a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state, as announced by the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor’s Office. The youth arrested on Thursday is said to have denied attack plans during the interrogation. His lawyer, who had expected his release, announced that he would request a detention review and file inspection.

According to information from security circles, the decisive reason for the 16-year-old was said to have been the chat with a suspected IS terrorist via the messenger service Telegram. A foreign secret service is said to have given the hint.

The chairman of the parliamentary control committee of the Bundestag, Roderich Kiesewetter, praised the cooperation with foreign services. Politicians must “ensure that our intelligence services can cooperate on an equal footing with partner services,” said the CDU politician to the editorial network Germany (RND / Saturday).

Terrorism expert Peter Neumann from King’s College in London, who is part of the “future team” of CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, told the RND: “In the cases of prevented attacks that I know of, 80 to 90 percent can be traced back to information from American services. Their possibilities for checking digital communication far exceed what Germany is capable of and what we are allowed to do. “

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) had spoken of an “Islamistically motivated threat situation” for the Hagen synagogue on the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. According to the public prosecutor’s office, an adult offender who is convicted of preparing a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state faces imprisonment from six months to ten years. When applying youth criminal law, however, other standards and sanctions apply.


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