“Welcome Back” – Berlin Terror Suspects Freed

by Florian Flade

From right-left: “Abou Maleeq”, Hani N., Mohammad M. aka “Abu Usama al-Gharib”, Samir M.

A picture tells more than a thousand words. Samir M. and Hani N. couldn´t be more happy, smiling into the camera, surrounded by friends and comrades. The picture showing the two Berlin terror suspects next to former rap musician “Abou Maleeq” and former prisoner Mohammad M. aka “Abu Usama al-Gharib”, appeared yesterday on Facebook.

On Wednesday evening Samir M. and Hani N., who had been arrested in Berlin on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, were released after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to extend the two men´s prison time. This however does mean the investigation into the case has been closed.

When Samir M. and Hani N. left the prison in Berlin-Moabit they were greeted and welcomed by their old friend – Ex-Rap musician Denis Cuspert alias “Abou Maleeq”, a Berlin native who has become a prominent figure within the Islamist community of Germany.

Amongst those picking up Samir M. and Hani N. from prison was Austrian Islamist figure Mohammad M. known as “Abu Usama al-Gharib”. M. has only been released from prison in Vienna since September 12. He had served a prison-term because he was spreading Jihadi propaganda on the internet. During his jail-time Mohammad M. became a well-known Islamist activist writing and preaching out of his prison cell.

Now Mohammad M. is a free man, joining Jihadi-Activism and rising the ranks of the Salafi Media operatives. He is now serving as the “Amir” of Salafi Media Germany, making all the important decisions on various projects including “Ansar al-Aseer” – a website created to help imprisoned Islamists.

The alleged Jihadi terror suspects Samir M. and Hani N. had been arrested by Berlin police squads on September 8 in their homes in Berlin-Kreuzberg and Berlin-Neukölln. Counter-terrorism investigators collected evidence both men had ordered large quantities of chemicals via the internet and were planning to build a bomb.

Lebanese Samir M. and Palestinian Hani N. were known members of the radical Salafi community of Berlin. When police raided Samir M.´s home in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 2009 they found literature with Jihadi content. In September 2009 he also tried to leave Germany and travel to Pakistan to join a terrorist group. Police arrested Samir M. and other Jihadi suspects at Berlin´s Airport Tegel.

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