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  • The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungsschutz) in Nordrhein-Westfalen says that Osmanen Germania focusses its attention on those who are critical of Turkey, or closely related to the Kurdish case. Burkhard Freier, head of the Office said in an interview with ZDF:

    “against all these [targets], the Osmanen Germania are organising a threat of force.”

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  • Despite the fact that IS has threatened to kill her, and she survived the attack on Charlie Hebdo three years ago by a coincidence, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) refused to provide security. What is even worse, it refused to give permission for El-Rhazoui’s French security detail to carry arms.
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  • “With regard to the article in question, we accept that the original wording used on the geenstijl.com (sic) website – ‘fascist political undercurrent’ – was incorrectly transcribed into the EUvsDisinfo database as ‘fascistic country’. For this reason, we can confirm that the item in question has been permanently removed from the EUvsDisinfo database.”
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  • There doesn’t seem to be a clear, logical argument in this quote. Yet the EU selected it for one of its tweets. It is certainly true that online trolls and haters cannot limit our rights to express ourselves. She might mean that they cannot be allowed to do so, but it doesn’t say that. The suggestion now is that she is fighting ‘online trolls and haters’ who cannot limit rights, by setting up a system that will in effect do so, in the name of ‘online justice’.
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  • Editors-in-chief of major Slovak newspapers and news broadcasters have issued a joint statement:

    “The murder of a journalist is a serious sign that the crime is turning against one of the most important pillars of freedom: the freedom of speech and the right of the public to control the powerful and those violating the law.”

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  • Senior police detective: “The public has, in my opinion, a right to know that a convicted sex offender poses a real danger, when he is back on the streets. When something as dreadful as in Bochum happens, it has to be called what it is. No ifs and buts.”
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  • “The review found that while a small number of extremist organisations received a significant proportion of their income from abroad, the majority did not, leading to the conclusion that ‘a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed’.”
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  • “Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”

    “‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”

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  • Prison guard: “It used to be, that I was afraid every morning of finding a prisoner who had hanged himself in his cell. Nowadays, I’m afraid that someone cuts my throat, decapitates me, sticks a knife in my back – in the name of Islamic State. That’s a fear I carry with me every working day.”
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  • During trial, the suspect, an asylum seeker from Gambia living in Germany since 2014, kept silent. During the second day of trial only two witnesses, a magistrate and a police commissioner gave evidence. The last two reported on the interrogation of the suspect on the day he was apprehended. At the time, he claimed he couldn’t remember having raped any women. This led to cynical comments by the witnesses of him having had to have been very drunk indeed.
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  • However, during the trial, Abdeslam’s defense counsel, Sven Mary, sought the case’s dismissal over a technicality. Mary explained that the top counter-terror judge should have issued the document naming the judges in Dutch, not in French, because he serves in a Dutch-language court in Brussels. Therefore, Mary concluded, the “whole case” against both Abdeslam and Ayari “must be thrown out”.
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