A prominent figure of a banned Turkish Islamist group has preached to hundreds of followers in at least three separate gatherings in Berlin.
Abdullah İmamoğlu, one of the leading propagandists of Hizb ut-Tahrir, personally spoke to multiple crowds last June and two more in 2017.
"The fact that high-ranking representatives of an organization forbidden by us from a country outside of the [EU] can freely enter Germany as a speaker, I find very questionable," said an official.
Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bfv) reportedly believes İmamoğlu avoided the law by not referencing the Islamist group directly during his lectures in a move Bfv said “emphasized caution.”
But when he’s in Ankara Turkey, İmamoğlu speaks to thousands at "caliphate conferences” where he advocates establishing an Islamic world ruled by caliphs.
"The solution is the caliphate,” says İmamoğlu, repeating the core ideology of the group.
Moreover, local media outlet Berliner Morgenpost made public İmamoğlu’s activity Monday; prompting Bfv to address the concern.
"The events are known to the Berlin constitutional protection," confirmed Bfv.
Additionally, Hizb ut-Tahrir is one of the three major Islamist movements; the others are Salafism and the Muslim Brotherhood, with the former doubling its Berlin numbers since 2011.
Correspondingly, the UK is set to release an admitantly “genuinely dangerous” Islamist preacher after only serving half of his sentence.
While not directly involved in terrorist attacks, UK's Anjem Choudary is known by local authorities for having a "completely pernicious influence" on the people he speaks to.
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