Surviving Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam helped at least 10 Islamic State fighters enter Belgium as “refugees” through the Balkan route, local media reported Friday.
Of these, six went on to participate in the terror attacks which struckParislast November, and four were involved in the coordinated suicide bombings that hitBrusselsin March. The two attacks left 215 people dead, and wounded hundreds more. (more…)
ANGELA Merkel has defended her open-door immigration policy in the face of hecklers – but warned refugees to adapt to life in Germany.
It comes ahead of an important set of regional elections this weekend, following her party’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the anti-immigration AfD party earlier this month.
In a speech to a crowd of around 2,000, the German Chancellor said: “We want to help those who’d like to stay with us in the long term to integrate and to learn the language.
“We also tell them: Germany is such a beautiful country and such a strong country because we have a constitution that protects the dignity of every person, and at the same time it demands tolerance.”
Her defiant speech came as protestors called her to step down, chanting “Merkel has to go”.
The regional elections come at a time where support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has plummeted to a four-year low.
With the national election just a year away, Merkel finds herself under increasing pressure from Germans over her handling of the migrant crisis.
Around 2.5 million voters in Berlin will vote for a regional government on Sunday, with Merkel hoping for a better result than her humiliating defeat at the hands of the AfD in her home region. (more…)
·Support for the CDU in Berlin has slumped to its lowest level since 1990
·Many voters turned to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD)
·Far-right party won 13 per cent of vote and will enter capital’s parliament
·Mayor had warned a double digit score would be seen as return of ‘Nazis’
Angela Merkel’s party has made historic losses in elections for the Berlin state parliament after a mayor warned of a resurgence of Nazis in Germany.
Many voters turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 13 per cent of the vote will enter the German capital’s assembly for the first time, according to initial projections. (more…)
·Mufiz Rahaman, 20, said he thought raping a 10-year-old boy was okay
·The Myanmar refugee said it was culturally acceptable in his home land
·The court heard Rahaman tried to offer the boy money and denied rape
·Rahaman is a Rohingya Muslim - as was his young victim
A refugee who raped a ten-year-old boy has claimed he did not know sexually assaulting the child was wrong as it was ‘culturally acceptable’ in his homeland.
Mufiz Rahaman told Sydney’s Downing Centre Court raping children was not seen as morally wrong in his native Myanmar when he pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old refugee on Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The 20-year-old and his young victim are both stateless Rohingya Muslims - a group of people considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar - who came to Australia to flee religious persecution.
The court heard Rahaman preyed on the young boy while he was living with a group of refugees, including his father, at a vacant RSL club in Lakemba, a suburb in Sydney’s south west, on January 8, 2015. (more…)
Nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees have been arrested over the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old German woman in Vienna on New Year’s Day, Austrian police said on Monday, a case likely to fuel public debate over immigration and crime.
Austria has not seen scenes like those in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when hundreds of women told police they had been groped, attacked and robbed by mobs of men.
But immigrants have been accused of isolated sexual and other attacks committed in Austria, which has helped harden public opinion against an open-door policy toward migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere, as the Cologne episode did in Germany.
The far-right Freedom Party, which is running first in opinion polls, has seized on cases in which immigrants have been accused of crimes to press for stricter immigration policies. Immigration is likely to be a central theme in the re-run of a presidential election on Oct. 2. (more…)
Hit squads linked with ISIS terrorists might have infiltrated Germany camouflaged as refugees, the head of Bavaria’s intelligence service warns. citing “irrefutable evidence” of planned attacks in the country in the wake of recent assaults by migrants.
“The risk is abstract, but very high that we have hit squads and sleeper cells,”in Germany, Manfred Hauser, vice-president of Bavaria’s department of the Office for the Protection of Constitution (BfV)toldthe BBC radio 4.
His agency is now looking into hundreds of potential cases of terrorists who made their way to Germany disguised as refugees. (more…)
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