Al-Qaeda accomplice sentenced to four years
The Moroccan man was the third member of the German cell to be convicted of supporting a foreign terrorist group.
Schleswig, Germany -- A 25-year-old Moroccan was jailed in Germany for four years on Wednesday for helping al-Qaeda destabilize Iraq by raising funds and encouraging fellow militants to go there and fight.
Abdel-Ali M. was the third member of the German cell to be convicted of supporting a foreign terrorist group.
The same court, in Schleswig in Germany's far north, had previously jailed the cell leader, Redouane el-H., for five years, nine months and an aide, Thaer A., for two years.
Police monitored a large number of instant messages exchanged online among the Islamist men as they were deciding to raise funds for the radicals in Iraq and then discussing how to sneak fighters into that country.
Judge Michael Lautebach rejected the defense argument that the acts discussed in the messages had either happened long before or were still in the future, saying Abdel-Ali M.'s actions had been directed at people being killed.
Abdel-Ali M., described by court psychiatrist as slightly schizophrenic and psychotic but still sane, was detained in Sweden in March 2007 and extradited to Germany.