In a difficult case, it was decided that two German-born ISIS suspected terrorists will be deported to their parent’s home lands, in an effort to crack down on immigration waves that are bringing crime to the country.
Though the two suspects did not commit any violent crimes, Germany has given them a life-long ban, meaning they will never be allowed to return to Germany, despite being born there.
The two men were both born in Germany and live with their Algerian and Nigerian parents in Göttingen.
The Daily Mail reports:
hey were arrested in the university city last month suspected of plotting a bomb attack.
This is the first time in postwar German history that such a move has been countenanced.
‘We are sending a clear warning to all fanatics nationwide that we will not give them a centimetre of space to carry out their despicable plans,’ said Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorious (SPD), following the ruling.
‘We have drawn our sharpest sword to combat concrete terror threats.’
The man with Algerian parents is 27, and the Islamist with Nigerian ancestry is 22.
Both appealed against being deported but they will be kicked out of the country they were born in within weeks.
German citizenship is determined not only by places of birth, but also by the nationalities of the individual’s parents.
As they were both born before 2000, it is thought both men decided to keep the nationalities of their parents.
A law change means a person born in Germany after January 1, 2000, can be considered a German citizen even if neither of their parents are German.
A further condition is that one parent has to have been legally a resident in Germany for eight years and has a right of unlimited residence or for three years.
Children who become German citizens in this way must however decide between the age of 18 and 23 whether they want to retain German citizenship or the citizenship of their parents.
It is assumed the two men chose not to request German citizenship.
In the case of the Algerian, Germany says it has obtained assurances from his homeland he will not be tortured or have his human rights rights infringed in any way.
After the men were seized on February 9 police found Islamic State propaganda material, a gun and ISIS flags at their homes.
But there was not enough to charge them with terror offences.
Yet in the climate that has existed in the country since the Christmas market attack in Berlin that claimed 12 lives, there is now much more of a willingness to neutralise suspects in any way possible.
The government has warned that there could be many more such deportations to follow.