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Court approves radical Islamic leader’s expulsion

DPA, Germany
May 19, 2004 • Wednesday May 19, 2004

COLOGNE – Cologne’s administrative court Wednesday approved a city application to expel radical Islamic figure Metin Kaplan to Turkey.

The Cologne court said that Kaplan, the self-appointed “Caliph of Cologne”, no longer has a residence permit to live in Germany.

The final say in the expulsion comes on 26 May at the superior court for the state of North Rhine-Westfalia.

Kaplan, who wants to establish an Islamic caliphate to rule Turkey from Istanbul, previously served a four-year jail term for incitement to murder after unidentified followers killed a renegade member of his sect.

German Interior Minister Otto Schily banned Kaplan’s Caliphate State movement in December 2001 and has visited Ankara to coordinate joint plans to put Kaplan in a Turkish jail cell.

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