Germany to Fit Ankle Trackers to Terrorist Suspects

"Ankle bracelets are not a panacea."

Ankle bracelets may be used in Germany to track and monitor suspected terrorists, which may hopefully prevent another Berlin truck attack.

"The proposed measure would allow the federal criminal police to electronically track the movements of a person deemed a security threat, even before they have been convicted of a crime," reports AFP.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he hopes the bracelets will alleviate some of the problem of jihadist attacks.  

"Ankle bracelets are not a panacea but they are an important instrument to facilitate the surveillance of dangerous people," he said after the cabinet agreed to allow the measure.

For the proposal to be fully implemented, it must now be approved by Parliament. 

"It comes as part of a series of security reforms announced in response to the December 19 attack in which Tunisian national Anis Amri plowed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people," reports AFP. "The attack was claimed by the extremist Islamic State group, with Amri shot dead by Italian police in Milan several days later."

Much of the anger over Amri's attack stemmed from the fact intelligence services already had him on the radar as a potential suspect with radical links.  His status as a "failed asylum seeker" means he should have been deported months before the attack.  

On top of the bracelets, Germany has also vowed to speed up deportations and reject asylum seekers with radical ties. Security services currently have "a list of more than 550 Islamists considered 'threats to public security.'"

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