(BERLIN) The trial of 11 suspected members of a far-right “terror” group has begun in the German city of Stuttgart #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.14: Prosecutors say the 11 men – all Germans – were members of Gruppe S (Group S), which planned attacks on migrants, Muslims and politicians, with the aim of sparking a civil war.

Gruppe S: ‘German far-right group on trial for ‘terror plot’ the suspects, aged between 32 and 61, were arrested in February last year also a twelfth man, a former police officer, is accused of offering material support to the group. He is also on trial’

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A defendant is escorted into court by two officers
The trial began under heavy security

Getty Images: Members of far-right Bruderschaft Deutschland in Berlin (Oct 2019)

One of the group is still at large and is being tried in absentia:

What are the men accused of?

The men in Gruppe S intended to “shake and ultimately topple the state and social order” in Germany, the indictment says.

Werner S, the group’s alleged ringleader, organised an meeting with seven other founding members at a barbecue area in the state of Baden-Württemberg in September 2019. 

Over the next few months others joined, keeping in touch by phone and internet chat.

Alamy Live NewsThe suspects were arrested in February 2020

According to investigation files seen by German public broadcaster ZDF and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper, Werner S planned to acquire a Kalashnikov assault rifle with 2,000 rounds of ammunition, an Uzi submachine gun and hand grenades. The group already had 27 unlicensed weapons, mostly pistols, it is alleged.

“If the accused had been able to carry out their planned acts of terror, we would have had a totally brutal and massive killing machine running here,” said Ralf Michelfelder, chief criminal investigator for the state of Baden-Württemberg, ahead of the trial.

German media report that the authorities were alerted to the group’s activities in autumn 2019 by an informant, who is now the chief witness, under close police protection. In February 2020 police arrested 13 men from five German states. One later died in pre-trial detention.

Most of the group’s members also belonged to other far-right groups, including the Bruderschaft Deutschland (German Brotherhood), German broadcaster ARD reports.

Thorsten W, who is accused of supporting the group, worked for the police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and allegedly offered €5,000 ($6,000; £4,300) to buy weapons for the attacks.

Far-right attacks in Germany

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SAUDI ARABIA: Deporting over five hundred militants found guilty of #Terror Charges including planning and carrying out attacks – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: Saudi Arabia to deport 526 foreigners convicted on ‘terror’ charges

Saudi authorities are planning to deport expatriates who have been found guilty of taking part in planning or carrying out militant attacks.

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EU: ‘ COURT ORDERS PALESTINIAN MILITANTS GROUP HAMAS REMOVED FROM TERRORS BLACKLIST ‘

#AceNewsServices – EU:Dec.17 – The EU General Court has ordered that the Palestinian militant group Hamas be removed from the bloc’s terror blacklist.

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

The move comes over four years after Hamas appealed its terror designation before the EU.

The European Union first banned Hamas’ military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in 2002, though the organization’s social and political divisions were not put on the terror list. Following a series of Hamas suicide bombings during the second intifada or uprising in September 2003, the EU extended the ban to include the organization as a whole.

On September 12, 2010, Hamas appealed the ban, largely on procedural grounds. In its complaint, the group cited a lack of due process, specifically, that it had not been properly informed the act was being implemented. It further asserted that as a “legitimately-elected government,” it cannot be labeled as a terrorist organization, saying such a designation flies in the face of “the principle of non-interference in the internal matters of a State.”

The court accepted the organization’s argument, saying that the decision to remove Hamas from the list was not based on an examination of Hamas’ activities, but rather on an examination of the procedures used to institute the 2003 ban in the first place. Unless an appeal brings closure, however, a funding freeze against the group and sanctions against its members will remain in place for three more months.

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement (Reuters / Suhaib Salem)

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement (Reuters / Suhaib Salem)

The lawyer for Hamas, Liliane Glock, told AFP she was “satisfied with the decision.”

Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq lauded the decision, saying the court had righted an injustice done to the organization, which he said is a “national freedom movement,” and not a terrorist organization, the Jerusalem Post reports.

But a deputy from Israel’s major right-wing Likud party, Danny Danon, said, “The Europeans must believe that there blood is more sacred than the blood of the Jews which they see as unimportant. That is the only way to explain the EU court’s decision to remove Hamas from the terror blacklist.”

“In Europe they must have forgotten that Hamas kidnapped three boys and fired thousands of rockets last summer at Israeli citizens,” he added.

The EU and Israel have attempted to downplay the ruling, saying that groups standing within Europe as terror organizations will not change. Israeli and European officials say the court will be given a few months to rebuild its file against Hamas with evidence of the group’s activities, which will enable it to be placed back on the list of terror organizations, the Israeli news portal Ynet reports.

According to RT’s Paula Slier, Israeli politicians “across the political spectrum” have unanimously condemned what they call a “temporary” removal.

According to Slier, EU officials have given Israel assurances that Brussels’ position has not changed, saying Wednesday’s ruling was a “technical” mistake. Officials from the 28-member bloc further said the court did not have sufficient authority to affect the entire EU’s position.

In the interim, however, EU member states will be empowered to establish diplomatic ties with Hamas.

A Palestinian boy wearing the headband of Hamas's armed wing sits on the shoulders of his father during a rally ahead of the 27th anniversary of Hamas founding, in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

A Palestinian boy wearing the headband of Hamas’s armed wing sits on the shoulders of his father during a rally ahead of the 27th anniversary of Hamas founding, in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

The EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, will meet with Israel’s Foreign Minister, Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, on Wednesday to discuss the matter, Israeli daily Haaretz reports. Faaborg-Andersen is expected to reiterate that the EU’s position on Hamas remains unchanged, and that a future decision to reclassify Hamas as a terror organization is forthcoming.

During the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, Hamas defeated the PLO-affiliated Fatah party and has governed the Gaza Strip for the past seven years. Some countries have treated Hamas as a terrorist organization, while others have not. While Australia, Canada, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Qatar, the US and the UK all treat Hamas or its military wing as a terrorist organization, other states, including China, Iran, Russia and Turkey, do not.

Hamas leaders have made several diplomatic trips to Russia to discuss a range of issues, from Palestinian reconciliation to economic relations.

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GAZA CITY: ‘ HAMAS TERRORISTS CELEBRATE DISBANDING KNESSET COALITION WITH MISSILE TEST ‘

#AceNewsServices – GAZA CITY – Dec.03 – Gaza’s Hamas terrorist leaders on Wednesday apparently celebrated the disbanding of the Knesset coalition by launching a missile test, in another threatening show of force indicating the group’s preparations for yet another terror war on Israel.

Three rockets were fired into the Mediterranean Sea by Hamas according to IDF sources, who said the launches were identified from the Tel Katifa region, reports Channel 10.

The area from which the rockets were fired was a Jewish community before the 2005 Disengagement plan forcefully expelled all Jews from Gaza, paving the way for Hamas’s takeover of the region.

Late last month Hamas held four rocket tests in two days, with the IDF estimating that the terrorist organization is “experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities.”

Likewise the terrorist organization has started rebuilding its terror tunnels to attack Israeli citizens, after roughly 30 of them were destroyed in the last operation.

Mosab Yousef, the son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef known for working for the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), last Tuesday joined the voices calling for Israel to launch a war to get rid of Hamas before the next conflict breaks out.

“You cannot escape from [Hamas militarization] with temporary solutions. You have to address the Hamas problem by pulling it up from the roots, once and for all,” said Yousef.

Hamas has been active, with a revelation last month showing the group was behind a foiled assassination attempt on Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu).

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri responded to the publication, saying “all the leaders of the occupation are considered legitimate targets for resistance.”

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‘ BRITAIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN WHILE ON HIGH ALERT AGAINST SUSPECTED TERROR PLOT ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – Nov.09 – The Queen will lead commemorations later to honour members of the armed forces killed in conflict.

' Harry Patch Last Survivor of World War One '

‘ Harry Patch Last Survivor of World War One ‘

She will be joined by political leaders and veterans for a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – the focal point of the UK’s Remembrance Sunday services.

Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will be among the places paying their respects.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.

David Cameron said the anniversaries made the commemorations “particularly poignant”.

Scotland Yard said there would be “appropriate and proportionate” policing at the Cenotaph after four men were arrested on Thursday in west London and High Wycombe in connection with an alleged Islamist terror plot on British soil.

World War One Centenary

A poppy on a grave

In Glasgow, a two-minute silence will be observed at the cenotaph in George Square, while in Edinburgh a parade will take place from the castle esplanade to the city’s stone of remembrance.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond will be among those laying wreaths, and a ceremonial gun will be fired.

World War One Centenary

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Meanwhile, the National Secular Society has written to the government asking it to review the role of the Church of England at the national ceremony of remembrance, which it argues should be equally inclusive of all citizens, regardless of religion and belief.

The society believes the commemoration should be redesigned to make it an inclusive national event, not led by a single Christian denomination.

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