Expert testifies about de-radicalizing extremists

German expert testifies in ISIS case

MINNEAPOLIS  - A German scholar is testifying about de-radicalization techniques before a federal judge who will sentence six Minnesota men convicted of plotting to join the Islamic State group.

Daniel Koehler said at a hearing in Minneapolis Tuesday there are strong similarities between how neo-Nazis and white supremacists get radicalized and how some Muslims become violent extremists.

Koehler directs the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies. He assessed the six men as part of the first U.S. program designed to evaluate risks posed by terrorism defendants.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis will consider Koehler's evaluations when determining the men's sentences.

The six men Koehler evaluated pleaded guilty and could face up to 15 years in prison. Three other men who went to trial and were convicted face potential life sentences.


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