Islamic center in southwest Germany closes amid suspicion of wrongdoing

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October 16, 2007 15:08

An Islamic center in the southwestern city of Ulm closed on Tuesday amid an investigation into whether the organization that ran it has been attempting to smuggle people into Germany, authorities said. Ulm's Islamic Information Center has been under observation for years, amid suspicion it has harbored and recruited Islamic militants. Stuttgart prosecutors launched a formal investigation into the organization earlier this month, under allegations it tried to illegally bring foreigners into the country. Police had searched the center's premises in September, confiscating documents that must still be analyzed, prosecutors spokeswoman Bettina Vetter said.


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