Jihadist church robbers in Germany get prison time

A trial that began in Cologne, Germany, in October 2015 has finally ended with prison time for a gang of eight Muslim men, aged 35 to 37, who executed a series of church robberies for their jihad. At the center of the gang was a Moroccan man who was featured in a YouTube video calling for his fellow Muslims to wage jihad. cologne-germany-under-creative-commons-license

The men robbed several churches around Cologne, stealing collection boxes full of cash, chalices, crosses, and just about anything else they could find that they thought would be worth some value and they also robbed a few schools. Their intention was to fund terrorists in Syria. The gang was tied to the Salafi jihad (Sunni) sect of Islam, which is known to be even more radical than al-Qaeda. Presiding judge Ralf-Peter Sossna concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to show the men had a violent terrorism plot in the works and gave them sentences ranging from two years, seven months to four years, 10 months. In the end, the men were unsuccessful in getting all of the money to Syria.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. Psalm 7

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