A group of Islamic extremists who patrolled the streets of the city of Wuppertal in orange vests with the words ‘Sharia police’ can be tried for violating laws against wearing uniforms with political messages.
The Dusseldorf state court today reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case after prosecutors appealed.
The group of nine men made headlines in 2014 when they attempted to establish ‘Sharia police’ in Wuppertal to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.
They patrolled some parts of the city repeatedly asking people to stop drinking alcohol or visiting nightclubs.
One, Sven Lau, was also indicted by federal prosecutors last month on suspicion of supporting a foreign terror group.
Lau is suspected of four counts of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated a terrorist organization by the United States last year.
Prosecutors alleged that the 35-year-old was the go-to contact for extremists wanting to fight for JAMWA in Syria and provided financial and material support to the group under the cover of humanitarian aid shipments.
Lau is a convert to Islam in 2005 and also uses the nom-de-guerre Abu Adam.
Over 760 passport holders left their country to join groups like ISIS since the jihadi group emerged in 2014, according to the report by Soufan Group.