Doubts over alleged Allawi plot

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7 December 2004 , KARLSRUHE - German authorities were uncertain how three arrested suspects were planning an alleged attack against visiting Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, chief federal prosecutor Kay Nehm said on Tuesday. Nehm said authorities had foiled a terrorist attack in arresting the three Iraqis in raids on Friday, but details of what was being planned were still not known on Tuesday. The men, aged 31, 30 and 22, are being held on remand only on grounds of belonging to a terrorist organ

7 December 2004  

KARLSRUHE - German authorities were uncertain how three arrested suspects were planning an alleged attack against visiting Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, chief federal prosecutor Kay Nehm said on Tuesday.

Nehm said authorities had foiled a terrorist attack in arresting the three Iraqis in raids on Friday, but details of what was being planned were still not known on Tuesday.

The men, aged 31, 30 and 22, are being held on remand only on grounds of belonging to a terrorist organization.

It is thought the men belong to the banned northern Iraqi Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam, which is regarded by the United Nations and the United States as being responsible for some of the terror attacks in Iraq.

A lawyer representing one of the men, identified only as Ata R., issued a statement on Sunday denying his client was involved in plans to attack Allawi.

Allawi held talks in Berlin on Friday with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, but a number of scheduled events were cancelled as a result of the arrests.

DPA

Subject: German news

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