Turkish-German police removed from duty over religion
Supporters of the ultra-conservative Salafist movement calling itself 'House of the Quran' distribute German-language copies of the Koran at Potsdamer Plarz in Berlin on April 14. AFP photo
A Turkish-German police commissioner was removed from his post for being a Salafi in the German city of Mülheim, daily Hürriyet reported on its website today.
Essen police spokesperson Ulrich Fassbender said the 31-year-old police officer was removed from duty in April.
Fassbender said the commissioner, whose name was not mentioned in the report, had actively participated in a Salafi Quran drive where the group distributed the holy book of Islam for free. The commissioner was reportedly questioned by officials from the Department to Protect the Constitution, where he said his faith was "above all law."
An article published on the newspaper Bild's website claimed that the commissioner also had contacts with imams who had previously called for violence, Hürriyet said.