Top German court overturns ‘Sharia Police’ acquittal

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled Thursday that a regional court had erred when deciding in November 2016 to acquit the Muslim vigilantes, because the chamber had not examined the impact of the vigilantes’ actions on the public.

The case revision had been sought by public prosecutors.

The seven men, put initially on trial in Wuppertal for falsely wearing uniforms, had patrolled the western German city of Wuppertal at night in September 2014, wearing orange warning vests bearing the words “Sharia Police.”

The Wuppertal regional court subsequently ruledthat the vigilantes had not broken German law simply by approaching people while wearing the emblazoned vests.

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