Alleged al-Qaeda cell goes on trial in Germany
9 May 2006, DUESSELDORF - Three young Arabs went on trial in Germany Tuesday for allegedly forming a cell of the Qaeda terrorist network.
9 May 2006
DUESSELDORF - Three young Arabs went on trial in Germany Tuesday for allegedly forming a cell of the Qaeda terrorist network.
Ibrahim Mohamed K, 30, earlier termed an Iraqi but now believed to be Syrian, allegedly recruited young men to become suicide bombers. He allegedly persuaded two Palestinian brothers, Yasser Abu-S, 32, and Ismail Abu-S, 29, to help him commit insurance fraud.
Ibrahim Mohamed K trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, met al-Qaeda's chief, Osama bin Laden, and stayed in Afghanistan till July 2002 to fight US forces there, the indictment said.
Security was high at the fortified courtroom in the western city of Duesseldorf where 52 days of hearings have been set aside for the case. A verdict is expected after October.
The men were arrested in January 2005 before they could commit any violence. They have all rejected the charges, court officials say.
Prosecutors have charged Ibrahim Mohamed K and the elder Palestinian, who was a medical student at the University of Bonn, with forming a terrorist organization. The younger Palestinian is accused of supporting them.
They allegedly took out 10 life insurance policies, intending to fake the death of Yasser Abu-S in an "accident" in Egypt and claim payouts to fund their operations.
Prosecutors say he planned to kill himself in a suicide bombing in Iraq.
Subject: German News