Published: 23 November 2016 Wednesday, 07:55 AM
Bonn, Nov 22 (deutschenews24.de/dpa) -- A group of seven men who caused outrage in Germany when they formed a vigilante street patrol and wore vests bearing the words "Sharia Police," were Monday acquitted by a district court.
The court found that the men had not violated Germany`s uniform law, which prohibits the wearing of uniforms which are overtly militant or intimidating, and had no further charges to answer.
In September 2014, five of the accused wore the orange-coloured safety vests and patrolled streets in the western city of Wuppertal in an effort to enforce sharia laws against alcohol consumption, gambling and listening to music among Muslims.
The court however ruled that the men had not violated the law because their vests did not count as a uniform and they did not have an intimidating effect - one eyewitness at the time thought the men were part of a stag party group.
The group`s leader, Sven Lau, who is currently also on trial on terrorism charges in Duesseldorf, did not appear in the Wuppertal court.