Berlin Court Turns Down Proposed Muslim Brotherhood Center in Germany


German media is reporting that a German administrative court has rejected plans for the contruction of a proposed Islamic center in Berlin which would have included a mosque, conference/seminar facility and school. The mosque had a planned capacity of 5000 and was anticipating up to 1000 attendees for Friday services. The court ruled that the size of the project exceeded the permissible use for a populated area. The project was backed by a Berlin Islamic association known as Inssan and first ran into trouble in 2004 when German media revealed that the property was actually purchased on behalf of the European Trust by Ibrahim El-Zayat, the leader of the Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland (IGD). Both the European Trust and the IGD are part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in Europe. Subsequently, the local town council rejected the application for the project, a decision which was appealed by Inssan.

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