German media is reporting that Mustafa Keskin, a local head of the Turkish mosque association DITIB, has been indicted for incitement to hatred based on his insults to Jews and Armenians and conspiracy myths. According to the Zeit Online report:
February 10, 2022: Mustafa Keskin, the former DITIB chairman of Göttingen, has been convicted of incitement of the people and approval of criminal acts. The former official of the German-Turkish mosque association had spread at least five messages on social networks and the internet between 2015 and 2021 that contained insults to Jews and Armenians and conspiracy myths. This was announced by the Göttingen district court. The court imposed a prison sentence of ten months, suspended for two years. Keskin must also pay a fine of 1,200 euros in installments of 75 euros each to a charitable organization. According to a court spokesman, the defendant did not appear at the hearing. The verdict was issued in the form of a penalty order and is not yet legally binding. [Translated by DeepL with edits]
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The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, also known as DITIB, manages over 900 mosques in Germany. The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) determines the theological guidelines for the imams’ sermons, and the Turkish consulate pays their salaries. As GIOR additionally reported in March 2021, DITIB distanced itself from Keskin following the revelation of his statements.