Saturday 23 September 2017

German Islamic extremist arrested on suspicion of supporting terror group

Sven Lau
Sven Lau

One of Germany's most prominent Islamic extremists has been arrested on suspicion of supporting a foreign terror group.

Sven Lau was arrested in western Germany on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said.

He is suspected of four counts of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or Jamwa, which was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States last year.

German prosecutors said in a statement that 35-year-old Lau was the go-to contact for extremists wanting to fight for Jamwa in Syria.

He is also suspected of providing financial and material support to the group.

Lau, a convert to Islam, made headlines last year when he attempted to establish a "Sharia police" in the city of Wuppertal to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.

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