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German court acquits suspects in 'Sharia police' case

Associated Press Associated Press 21/11/2016

BERLIN — A German court has acquitted seven men who were charged with violations of rules on wearing uniforms over the appearance two years ago of a self-styled "Sharia police" in the city of Wuppertal.

A group of men wearing orange vests with the words "Sharia police" went into the streets of Wuppertal in September 2014, handing out leaflets declaring the area a "Sharia-controlled zone" where alcohol, music and pornography were banned. Their behavior prompted an outcry in German media.

News agency dpa reported that the Wuppertal state court ruled on Monday that the men couldn't be convicted under any law. It found that the vests couldn't be classified as a uniform and weren't intimidating.

Five defendants were allegedly part of the "Sharia police" patrol; the other two were alleged accessories.

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