Academics from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond have protested against the arrest of Berlin sociologist Andrej H. The researcher has been in jail for two weeks on suspicion of membership in a terrorist group.
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In two open letters, more than 100 academics from Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and other countries have called on German Federal Prosecutor Monika Harms to release sociologist Andrej H. from a Berlin prison. They fear the Humboldt University researcher is being charged with membership in a terrorist group on the basis of his work.
"We strictly oppose the use of violence as endorsed and practiced by the 'militant group,'" one of the letters reads. "At the same time, however, we strongly object to the notion of intellectual complicity adopted by the federal prosecutor's office in its investigation. …Such arguments allow any piece of academic writing to be potentially incriminating," the letter goes on to say.
Police detained Andrej H. around two weeks ago in conjunction with the arrests of three other men. Germany's federal prosecutor's office has accused them all of membership in an extreme leftist organization called "militante gruppe" (mg).
Andrej H. has been in solitary confinement for two weeks, his supporters say