Tyskland: Klanerne overtrumfer politiet
"The police cannot win a war with the Lebanese because we outnumber them.... This applies to all of Gelsenkirchen, if we so choose." — Lebanese clan in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Observers surmised that the real reason for the judge's leniency was that he feared his family might be subjected to retribution from the clan.
Freddi Lohse, the Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, said that many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior: "They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries. They have no respect for us."