Al-Qaida suspect goes on trial in Germany

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2007, BERLIN (AP) – A man accused of helping to raise money for al-Qaida in Iraq and supplying foreign fighters for the insurgency in that country, went on trial Wednesday.

25 July 2007

BERLIN (AP) – A man accused of helping to raise money for al-Qaida in Iraq and supplying foreign fighters for the insurgency in that country, went on trial Wednesday.

The man – identified only as Redouane E.H., 37 – was also accused of co-founding a terrorist group together with four other people.

The man, who holds German and Moroccan citizenship and was a resident of the northern city of Kiel, was arrested in Germany in July 2006. He was charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization by transferring money to Egypt and Syria and violating German export laws for his alleged actions to support al-Qaida and al-Qaida in Iraq between August 2005 and July 2006.

When Redouane E.H. was arrested last year, prosecutors said he was suspected of being in contact with Said Bahaji, who had close ties to three of the Sept. 11 pilots who lived and studied in Hamburg, including plot ringleader Mohamed Atta.

Bahaji fled Germany shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and is wanted on an international arrest warrant issued by Germany.

In May, Sweden handed over a suspected accomplice of Redouane E.H. who prosecutors said helped him supply foreign fighters to Iraq and found a terror group in Sudan.

The Moroccan man, identified only as 24-year-old Abdelali M., was arrested on March 26 in Sweden on a German-issued warrant, federal prosecutors said. He was transferred to German custody in May.

AP

Subject: German news

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