Terror suspects in Germany could be forced to wear electronic tags around their ankles. This is a proposal by the country’s justice minister following the horrific Christmas market terror attack in Berlin that killed 12 people.
Anis Amri, the Islamic terrorist leading the attack, was able to roam around Germany without fear of being deported because he did not have a passport, and officials could not find enough evidence to arrest him.
“The use of ankle tags should not be only available for convicted criminals after release from prison, but for those identified as a general threat as well,” said Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister.
According to The Telegraph, electronic tags are already part of Germany’s current law, but are only worn by sex offenders who have recently been released from prison. Maas wants to take it a step further, and make any terrorist or terrorist threat wear the tag as well.
“Everything must be done to give us the best possible information on those deemed threats,” he said.
German officials could not deport Amri because he didn’t have a valid passport, so Maas has also proposed any asylum seeker the country can’t deport will be detained indefinitely.
Since Tunisia refused to accept Amri back into his home country, The Telegraph reports the German vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, wants to extend punishments to outside countries as well, by refusing developmental aid.
“Those who do not cooperate cannot hope to benefit from our development aid,” Gabriel told Spiegel magazine.
According to The Telegraph, authorities in Germany confirm there are currently 548 people who they have classified as potential terror threats, and over 50 of these are rejected asylum-seekers who could be deported if their home countries would accept them.
H/T: The Telegraph
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