Propaganda on Telegram: Police arrest German IS translator

Because a trip to Syria fails, Aleem N.

Propaganda on Telegram: Police arrest German IS translator

Because a trip to Syria fails, Aleem N., who lives in Rhineland-Palatinate, looks for another way to serve the "Islamic State" - and finds it on the Internet. He sends IS messages translated from Arabic to German-speaking countries via Telegram. Now he is arrested.

He is said to have translated propaganda from the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) into German and distributed it in Germany via the messenger service Telegram - now officials from the Federal Criminal Police Office have arrested a man in Römerberg, between Landau in der Pfalz and Heidelberg. The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe suspects the Germans of having prepared a serious act of violence that endangers the state and of being a member of a terrorist organization abroad.

According to the Karlsruhe investigators, Aleem N. has long been a supporter of jihadist and radical Islamic ideas. Among other things, he is said to have tried to receive military training from IS in Syria. He also wanted to take part in combat operations or terrorist attacks. However, according to the information, entry into the IS areas failed twice. Therefore, the man acted from Germany.

"His task was primarily to translate official IS texts, videos or audio messages from Arabic into German and to distribute them on various channels of the Telegram messenger service in German-speaking countries," it said. IS sees this as equivalent to direct involvement in violent jihad.

An investigating judge should decide during the course of today's Tuesday whether the person arrested the day before will be remanded in custody. The use was coordinated with investigative authorities in Switzerland, explained the federal prosecutor. There were simultaneous arrests and searches against three suspects.

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