German court to permiss shooting down of hijacked planes

Plans are being drawn up to give the defence minister the power to order the shooting down of passenger planes that are hijacked.

German court to permiss shooting down of hijacked planes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The German Federal Court is planning to make changes to its constitution to allow fighter jets to shoot down passenger planes that have been hijacked by terrorists to prevent them from being used to carry out attacks.

According to the changes that will be made, the Federal Defence Minister will be given the right to order that a plane that has been hijacked be shot down. Federal Interior Minister Gunter Krings said the changes to the constitution were recommended by the Federal Constitutional Court. Krings added that in times that require quick thinking and decisions, it would be impossible for the Federal Parliament to call a meeting to discuss the issue.

Last summer the court decided that for such an intervention by the military, a joint decision had to be made with the approval of the parliament. However, should the decision-making power be given to the defence minister, the previous law will be overruled.

Germany bans charity for 'Hezbollah links'

Germany has banned a Lebanese Orphaned Children Project charity organization for having alleged links to Hezbollah and supporting attacks against Israel.

Founded in 1997 in Germany, the charity had focused on supporting child victims of the war in Lebanon and so far offered support for 1,800 orphaned children, according to its website.

But Germany’s Interior Ministry said in a written statement on Tuesday that the charity had provided millions of euros to Hezbollah-linked Shahid Foundation and supported acts against Israel’s right to exist.

The Ministry accused Hezbollah and Shahid Foundation for recruiting militants and suicide bombers under the cover of humanitarian activities such as support for orphaned children.

German police raided early Tuesday more than a dozen locations in six states and searched offices of the children’s charity. The police seized various documents and unspecified amount of money, but no arrests were made, according to Interior Ministry sources.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Nisan 2014, 16:38