Missing German woman had links with radical Islamic outfits: Kerala police

Probe on in German woman missing case
Lisa Wiese, the German national who went missing from Thiruvanathapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police would seek the help of Interpol to trace German woman Lisa Wiese who went missing from Thiruvananthapuram. The missing case has a security dimension too as it has come to light that Lisa worked with fundamentalist Islamic outfits in the past. Extensive searches have also been ordered within Kerala with focus on religious institutions.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to contact Lisa's mother and British friend Muhammad Ali, who had also reached Kerala along with her. The help of German consulate has been sought in this regard. The police are checking if Muhammad Ali had links to any terror outfits.

Lisa's mother had informed that she had last contacted her over the phone on March 10.

The German woman had reached Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram along with Ali. However, Ali returned on March 15 alone. With Lisa now reported missing, the Kerala cops are trying to find more details about Ali. The cops are also probing if a third person had arrived in Kerala along with Lisa.

Kerala Police have collected the background details of Lisa through the German consulate.

Islamic links

Lisa's Islamic ties began while she was working with a Muslim group in Egypt. She had converted to Islam while there in 2012. There she met one Abd al Rahman Hashim and married him. They have two children. Though she got divorced and returned to Germany in 2016, she continued to work for the outfit.

Lisa's sister Carolyn had said that Lisa was mentally distraught and had reached India, seeking peace. Lisa had informed her sister about her trip to India along with the British citizen.

Lisa still in India?

The police have confirmed that Lisa has not flown out of India after checking the travel details at various airports. The police suspect that she is still in India. The Kerala cops would issue a lookout notice and hand it over to the police of other states.

Religious institutions would be specifically searched.

As the German consulate has intervened in the issue, the DGP has instructed the police officers to consider the case an international issue. However, the Kerala cops could only ascertain that she reached Thiruvananthapuram in March 7. So far they have not secured any other conclusive information.

Last contacts

Lisa had spoken to her family on March 5 and March 10. She had video-called her children in the US on March 5 and informed them that she was travelling to Kerala and she would call them after three weeks. Her mother said that Lisa sounded very happy when she called her on March 10 and told her that she was in India.

However, since then there has been no information about Lisa. Though Amritapuri, Amritapuri Ashram in Kollam, was marked as destination in travel documents, preliminary probe revealed that she has not reached there as a guest.

She had visited Kerala earlier also and had stayed at Amritapuri Ashram in Kollam for two months in 2011.