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German Court Gives States The Right To Deport Suspected Terrorists

Deportation of foreigners suspected of posing a terror threat is not unconstitutional, Germany’s highest court ruled Thursday.

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the expulsion of an Algerian man who state ministers considered to be a “dangerous person” was not unlawful. Interior ministers in Bremen ordered for him to be deported after determining he was potentially planning a terror attack.

The man challenged the decision and a law that allows states to expel foreigners “to defend against a particular danger for the security of the Federal Republic of Germany, or against a terrorist risk.” The law was introduced after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. but has not been used until the Berlin Christmas market attack last December.

Authorities used the law to deport two German-born men who were accused of planning an attack after police found Islamic State flags and weapons in their apartment. The suspects were subsequently ordered to be deported to their parents’ home countries, Algeria and Nigeria. (RELATED: Germany Deports Homegrown Terror Suspects In Landmark Case)

“We are sending a clear warning to all fanatics nationwide that we will not give them a centimeter of space to carry out their despicable plans,” Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister, said after the ruling in March, according to Deutsche Welle. “They will face the full force of the law regardless of whether they were born here or not.”

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