Geneva alert raised as police hunt suspects
Police have raised the alert level in Geneva, saying they are hunting for suspects as part of the Europe-wide investigation into the Paris attacks.
They said they were acting on information of suspicious individuals thought to be in the city or the area.
Investigations were being carried out to "locate and arrest these individuals", a statement said.
Islamic State militants said they carried out the 13 November attacks on multiple locations, killing 130 people.
Investigations have been launched in several European countries, with two men linked to the attacks - Salah Abdeslam and Mohammed Abrini - still on the run, and others found to have travelled to France posing as refugees.
While Geneva police's statement said that the hunt was related to the Paris investigation, Switzerland's federal police later said it was not linked.
The authorities had gone from a "vague to a precise threat", said Emmanuelle Lo Verso from the Geneva department of security, RTS reported.
In the latest developments:
- The 20 Minutes website says that photos of four suspects believed to be linked to IS were received by Geneva's police on Wednesday night.
Reuters and the Le Matin newspaper said the images were passed on by the CIA
- The Tribune de Geneve newspaper says that authorities are also seeking two men who had driven into Switzerland on Tuesday night using a van registered in Belgium
- A warning about the vehicle has been sent to the Jewish community in Geneva, the Tribune de Geneve says
- Security has been stepped up outside synagogues, the United Nations building and the French ambassador's home, as well as train stations, the airport and other places drawing large numbers of people.
A conference on Syria's future, involving the US, Russia and the UN, is scheduled to begin in Geneva on Friday, but is not expected to be attended by world leaders. Some Swiss news outlets say the talks have now been moved from a UN building to an undisclosed location.
The number of police on the streets of Geneva has been increased, so too has their level of alert.
But what can be done by the police except walk around showing up expensive arms that later makes it to Iraq (SDR is not joking as this has occurred with the latest arms technology from Belgium)
Believe it or not but the border with France runs through the outskirts of Geneva and Switzerland is in the Schengen passport-free zone, so the borders are wide open! In other words terrorists can enter Switzerland that is not a EU nation without any passport control.
Security at the frontiers was stepped up in the wake of the Paris attacks, as well as at the UN where the world's senior diplomats regularly meet.
But tens of thousands of people cross the Geneva border every day, and checking every car is unlikely to be possible.
In a separate development, police in Belgium had searched three properties in connection with the attacks, the prosecutor's office said.
This week, details emerged of a failed operation involving Belgian and Greek police to capture a suspected ringleader of the Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Greek authorities had planned to capture Abaaoud in January, when he had been directing a Belgian terror cell from Athens....
Dutch court convicts nine for terror offences
A Dutch court has found nine people guilty of terrorism offences after one of the biggest terror trials ever to take place in the country.
At a heavily guarded courtroom in Amsterdam, the eight men and a woman were sentenced to up to six years.
Six men were convicted as members of a network aiming to recruit young people to fight with Islamic State (IS) and other jihadi groups in Syria.
Two of those are believed to be in Syria and were tried in absentia.
Three were described as followers, including the woman, who was jailed for seven days for a retweet which constituted incitement.
The nine were arrested last year in a large police investigation into jihadist activities in the Schilderswijk suburb of The Hague.
"The criminal organisation aimed to incite and recruit 'brothers' to travel to fight in Syria and financed them to that end," presiding Judge Rene Elkerbout said.
Prosecutors said the group had formed "a criminal and terror organisation".
The nine had all denied any wrongdoing, saying that religious freedom and freedom of speech had allowed them to proclaim a pro-jihadist message.
The BBC's Anna Holligan, who was in court, says the trial has raised fundamental questions in the Netherlands about the limits of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and activism.
Such a comment can only come from BBC as they have forgotten that Muslims demand of the entire western civilisation to not draw cartoons of their Prophet!
That if anything should spur a debate on how people can be forced to respect a religion that basically only teaches death and hate on non Muslims...
The defendants' full names were not given in court.
We ask why not ? Since when does the Dutch state protect the identity of terrorists ?
Shaming the defendants is a small price to pay for the common mans security.
Azzedine C, 33, was sentenced to six years in jail,
as were two men tried in absentia Hatim R, 26, and Anis Z, 24, who are believed to be fighting in Syria.
Hicham El O, 30, who was described as a returned fighter from Syria and active in the group, was sentenced to five years in prison.
Rudolph H, 25, and Oussama C, 19, were both jailed for three years.
Jordi J, 22, was sentenced to 155 days and Moussa L, 41, was jailed for 43 days.
Imane B, 26, who was the only woman in the group was given seven days in jail for sending an inciting message.
You sleep as you make your bed its said but when it comes to the religion of Islam its far away from the truth that's at least the truth in Finland as Finland detains Iraqi twins over IS massacre in Tikrit. Police in Finland have detained Iraqi twin brothers suspected of featuring in a video of a massacre carried out by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.
Investigators said the 23-year-olds are suspected of killing 11 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit in June 2014.
They arrived in Finland in September, police said, and were arrested in the south-western town of Forssa. Chief Inspector Jari Räty said that in the video the two suspects "were not masked".
"The victims were lying on the ground and they were shot one by one," he told Finnish broadcaster YLE.
Police said the accused men - who were not named - had been tracked down with the help of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service, but did not give details. Mr Räty would not say whether or not the men had arrived in Finland to seek asylum.
Finland Interior Minister: 300 asylum seekers in Finland have links to terrorism.
Finland’s Interior Minister says that some 300 asylum seekers in Finland have some link to terrorism. He made the comments after Finnish police detained two Iraqis in the Forssa area on suspicion of murdering 11 air force cadets in Tikrit, Iraq during an ISIS offensive.
ISIS published videos of the massacre online, and the perpetrators faces were not masked.
According to Interior Minister Petteri Orpo, the arrests show that Finnish law enforcement is up to the task of preventing terror plots in Finland.
Interior Minister Petteri Orpo: ”In my opinion if the police have detained a person suspected of crimes, it shows that our agencies work," said Orpo. "The Security intelligence police (Supo) and the National Bureau of Investigation work."
"According to Supo there are 300 with links to terrorism," said Orpo. "Not 300 terrorists, but they have some kind of link. They are being followed closely."
SDR wishes to point out that the number 300 only indicate the ones that SUPO are having on their watch list., and has nothing to do with the far larger yet unknown persons linked to terror in one way or another….
According to SDR´s own Kurd contacts and other Muslims opposed to ISIS and Al Shabaab etc
the country is frequently visited by radicals coming and going openly from Sweden where there seems to be non what ever control on terrorists...
Asylum seekers held for rape
The alleged crime took place in a suburb of Turku a day after a high-profile case in Kempele, near Oulu.
"A 19-year-old man who has been in Finland for about a year as an asylum seeker" has been detained on suspicion of rape and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, the Southwestern Finland Police Department said in a statement on Friday morning.
It says that the victim was a 14-year-old girl.
The act allegedly occurred in a private home in Raisio, near Turku, on Tuesday, 24 November.
Police detained the man the following day.
He was formally placed under arrest on Friday following a ruling by the Finland Proper District Court in Turku, which ordered him held under "suspicion with probable cause".
The statement adds that police will not provide any more information about the case.
In another case...
Police in the north-central town of Kempele detained a 17-year-old foreign boy on the same charges involving a girl of the same age. MTV news reports that the suspect, who has since been arrested, is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Later that day the premier met with other ministers to review legislation on crimes committed by foreign citizens.
Sweden - Sweden über alles ...
Sweden’s Prime Minister Says Palestinian Knife Attacks are not ‘Terror’
incredibly, just a day after Prime Minister Netanyahu complained to Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven over ignorant remarks made by the foreign minister, Lofven claimed that Palestinian stabbing attacks do not constitute “terror.”
Swedish government officials are apparently unable to refrain from offensive remarks against Israel, as Prime Minister Stefan Lofven issued yet another offensive statement against Israelis, claiming that Palestinian knife attacks against Israelis did not constitute terrorism.
“No, it is not classified as [terrorism],” Lofven said in an interview to the Swedish news agency TT on Monday, Israel’s Haaretz reported.
“There is an international classification regarding what constitutes or does not constitute [terror]. As far as I know, the [knife attacks in Israel] are not defined as terror,” he continued to fumble.
Later in the day, apparently realizing what he had said, Lofven contacted TT again to clarify his message, saying that he was misunderstood, as was the Swedish line of defense in past cases of anti-Israel statements.
“I meant that it was unclear if the knife attacks are organized by a group classified as a terrorist organization,” Lofven told the agency. “Nonetheless, the attacks themselves do constitute terror.”
Lofven made his remarks just a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him to protest recent remarks made by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom that the cause of global Islamic terror was Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinians, and accusations she made later that Israel was carrying out “extrajudicial executions” of supposedly innocent Palestinians, who were in fact terrorists killed while committing terror attacks.
On Monday, Netanyahu again assailed Wallsrom for her ignorant comments.
“There isn’t one moral standard for Israel and one for the rest of the world,” Netanyahu said during a Likud party weekly meeting.
Israel has been plagued for the last three months by almost daily Palestinian terror attacks, most of them stabbings, which have claimed the lives of 21 victims and wounded over 215.
SDR´s own conclusion: We suppose if one takes a knife to a Volvo, it is not vandalism. Thanks for the clarification, Sweden...
Germany reaches the limit of Idiocracy as court lets off 'Sharia police' patrol in Wuppertal.
While the rest of the world tries to work against radical Islam Germany does the opposite …
A German court has ruled that Islamists who patrolled a city's streets as "Sharia police" did not break the law and will not be prosecuted.
Nine were arrested in September 2014 after patrolling streets in Wuppertal, western Germany. They wore bright orange jackets with the words "Sharia police". They told passers-by not to frequent discos, casinos or bars.
The court said they had not violated laws on uniforms and public gatherings.
Prosecutors have now lodged an appeal.
The group of Salafists - ultra-conservative Islamists - included Sven Lau, a preacher whose passport was seized this year after he visited Syria and a photo surfaced, showing him posing on a tank, with a Kalashnikov rifle slung around his neck.
He is suspected of trying to recruit Muslims to join jihadists fighting in Syria or Iraq and has spent some time in prison previously. He said he had gone to war-torn Syria in 2013 on a humanitarian mission.
All aspects of a Muslim's life are governed by Sharia, the revealed, sacred law of Islam.
The group's appearance at night in Wuppertal, in the industrial Ruhr region, triggered sharp criticism in Germany. A film of their "patrol" appeared on YouTube as seen here (in German language)
but the action was condemned by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, who said it was "harmful to Muslims".
The group also carried notices proclaiming in English a "Sharia Controlled Zone". The notices spelled out prohibitions like those in force in some Gulf Arab countries, outlawing alcohol, drugs, gambling, music and concerts, pornography and prostitution.
Activists in the anti-Islam Pegida movement - campaigning to stop immigration to Germany demonstrated in Wuppertal last year.
They have staged regular marches against "the Islamisation of Germany" nationwide.
This is what the Islamic community them self´s have been spreading in Germany.
What do you think of this?
If the same would be distributed by a Christian they would have to face a trial for racism!
The word Ummah as seen here means the Islamic community. The entire phrase could be translated as help the Islamic community grow.