Monday, September 10, 2007

From Fritz to Adbullah: conversion shocks Germans

by Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet from The Age, Australia

Fritz Gelowicz, 28, is in police custody, charged with leading a plot that, had it succeeded, could have surpassed the London bombings in its toll ... When searching for potential converts, leaders at the Multi-Kultur-Haus focused on young people, generally between 17 and 28 years old. Gelowicz began to frequent the centre, which preached the strict Wahabi form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia, far from the norm for the rest of the Muslim community in the area ... an Iranian-born Kurd with German citizenship named Dana Boluri told investigators that he met Gelowicz and Selek in Saudi Arabia. Gelowicz would later take part in the surveillance of US military barracks in Hanau that refocused investigators' attention on him in the months before his arrest.

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