Germany to seize ID cards of would-be militants

Germany says it's already possible to withdraw people's passports but officials hadn't previously come up with a way to withhold or mark the plastic identity cards Germans can use to travel to many countries

Germany to seize ID cards of would-be militants

World Bulletin/News Desk

Germany said on Friday it would seize the personal identity cards of Germans it suspects of planning to travel to Syria or Iraq.

German intelligence estimates that at least 450 people have left Germany for Syria and that around 150 have returned. Many are the subject of criminal investigations.

Under existing legislation, Germany can seize passports to keep citizens at home, but not the personal identity cards which every German is obliged to carry at all times.

The identity cards alone are enough for Germans to gain entry to other European countries and also, crucially, to Turkey, from where most fighters can slip across the long border into Syria.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday he had agreed with Germany's 16 federal states to draw up new powers to confiscate identity cards and to issue a replacement document, which would not suffice for travel.

The states also agreed to boost information-sharing on militants in Germany.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ekim 2014, 11:45

Muhammed Öylek