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Islamic Fundamentalist Released from German Prison

The so-called “Caliph of Cologne,” in jail for inciting the murder of a rival, won’t be deported to Turkey, where he is wanted for planning attacks. Following four years in a German prison, one of the country’s most controversial Islamic figures has been released after narrowly escaping a deportation order to Turkey. Metin Kaplan, the leader of the now-banned Islamic association “Caliphate State,” left the Düsseldorf prison where he served four years for calling for the murder of a rival religious leader, according to a prison spokeswoman. His freedom came after a court rejected the Turkish government’s bid to have Kaplan extradited to his home country, where he is wanted for planning an attack on government officials. An opposition parliamentarian called Kaplan’s release a “failure” on the part of the German government and Interior Minister Otto Schily. In talks with his Turkish counterparts in March in Ankara, Schily said he was willing to ship out Kaplan but wanted a guarantee that he wouldn’t be tortured. Full Story

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