Virtually no ‘dangerous’ German Islamists wearing electronic ankle bracelets

Only two out of 705 people classified by the German security forces as Islamist threats are currently wearing an ankle tag, despite a law introduced in June in the wake of the Berlin Christmas market attack in December 2016.

The figures, published this week by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and confirmed by the Interior Ministry, also showed there were 428 people in the “Islamist spectrum,” but considered less dangerous.

A spokeswoman for the German Federal Police (BKA) said since the advent of the new law – much trumpeted in January by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and Justice Minister Heiko Maas in the wake of the Christmas attack – they had not filed for a single ankle tag for a potentially dangerous Islamist.