Berlin court asked to convict al-Qaeda suspect

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10 March 2005, BERLIN - A prosecution lawyer urged a court in Berlin on Thursday to convict a Tunisian man on charges of planning al-Qaeda terrorist attacks against American and Jewish targets in Europe and elsewhere. The defendant, Ihsan Garnaoui, 34, allegedly received terrorist training at an al-Qaeda camp and personally met Osama bin Laden. "He was given the assignment to kill as many people as possible in order to humiliate the Western world," German Federal Prosecutor Silke Ritzert told the court. He

10 March 2005

BERLIN - A prosecution lawyer urged a court in Berlin on Thursday to convict a Tunisian man on charges of planning al-Qaeda terrorist attacks against American and Jewish targets in Europe and elsewhere.

The defendant, Ihsan Garnaoui, 34, allegedly received terrorist training at an al-Qaeda camp and personally met Osama bin Laden.

"He was given the assignment to kill as many people as possible in order to humiliate the Western world," German Federal Prosecutor Silke Ritzert told the court.

He was schooled in carrying out bombings in urban areas, she added.

Specifically, he is suspected of having planned to set off several bombs during an anti-Iraq war protest march by hundreds of thousands of people through the streets of Berlin in early 2003.

"Horrific death and injuries would have been incurred, had Garnaoui not been arrested," Ritzert said.

Garnaoui was arrested 10 months ago on charges of membership in a terrorist organisation.

The court is expected to hand down a ruling on 6 April.

DPA

Subject: German news

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