ARCHIV - Eine Statue der Justitia hält am 09.09.2014 in Bamberg (Bayern) eine Waage in ihrer Hand. (zu dpa «Bayerische Justiz arbeitet flott» vom 19.12.2017) Foto: David Ebener/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

The Berlin Administrative Court has declared the expulsion of a convicted IS criminal to be lawful. The judges thus confirmed a decision by the immigration authorities, as a court spokesman announced on Tuesday.

An Iraqi who had been sentenced by the Berlin Court of Appeal in June 2021 to a youth sentence of several years for a war crime, aiding and abetting murder and membership of a terrorist organization had filed a complaint.

His release from prison is due next year. The judges have now decided that the young man continues to pose a threat to the Federal Republic of Germany. The verdict is not yet legally binding.

From the point of view of the administrative court, the fact that the plaintiff has not recently shown any radical Islamist tendencies does not change the assessment of his dangerousness. At the time, the Court of Appeal found that the plaintiff committed further serious violent crimes after entering Germany, intimidated witnesses and distributed the video sequence of an execution.

The young man had been on trial with his father for war crimes in their homeland for around two and a half years. In the summer of 2021, the two were sentenced. A life sentence was imposed on the then 45-year-old. The then 22-year-old son received a youth sentence of five years and ten months. Although the verdict is not yet final, the young man is still in custody.

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According to court findings, the men joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in their hometown of Mosul in 2014 and took part in the public execution of an IS prisoner in October 2014.