An original translation from Zeit Online
German Armed Forces
Germany and Jordan in Dispute over Immunity for Soldiers
Before the German Armed Forces move to Jordan, the German government intends to achieve their immunity before law. Otherwise, they would be under sharia law.
August 26, 2017
It remains unclear yet if German soldiers in Jordan will be protected from Sharia law. The Federal government had made this demand in the negotiations concerning the stationing of German soldiers in Jordan. But according to Der Spiegel information, Jordan has not yet granted such immunity.
About 250 German Armed Forces soldiers are to be stationed in Jordan from Septeber on, to fly reconnaissance flights against the terror Militia“Islamic State” from there. The Federal government wants them to be protected from criminal prosecution in Jordan, as it partially still is under the Koran-inspired sharia law which also sees death penalty. The jurisdiction of the Sharia courts is limited to certain aspects like family law though.
After withdrawal from Turkish Incirlik, the soldiers are to be stationed on the Jordan base Muwaffak Salti near Al-Asrak. The moving was a decision of the Federal government early June. The reason for this decision was the conflict with the Turkish government regarding visit rights of German representatives at the German Armed Forces soldiers.
“We are still nogotiating the stationing arrangement”, the defense ministry in Berlin comments. They were not expecting a delay of the moving of the “Tornado”recconnaissance jets which is scheduled for October. [“Tornado” is the name of a type of German military jet – translator]
Last year, there had been similar discussions with Qatar. There, a compromise was achieved, according to which soldiers were flown out to Germany, instead of being held responsible before a Qatari court. In Jordan, such compromise seemed unlikely due to the size of the mission, Der Spiegel quotes Federal Armed sources.