German court jails two for Islamic extremist links

14th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Both men were accused of having ties to Adem Yilmaz, one of four men currently appearing in a separate trial for allegedly planning attacks on sites like US military bases in Germany and other places popular with Americans.

Frankfurt -- A German court jailed two men on Tuesday for procuring equipment for the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) extremist group.

German-Afghan Omid Shirkhani, 28, was sentenced to two years and nine months while Huseyin Ozgun, a Turkish citizen and also 28, was given 14 months, the court in Frankfurt said.

Both were accused of having ties to Adem Yilmaz, one of four men currently appearing in a separate trial for allegedly planning attacks on installations like US military bases in Germany and sites popular with Americans.

Shirkhani told Yilmaz in December 2006 that he was ready to "promote the aims" of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) and was trained in the Afghan-Pakistan border region, prosecutors said earlier.

He procured equipment for the IJU such as night vision goggles and a GPS device that he sent to a member of the group in Iran, as well as a stolen laptop, prosecutors had said last September.

Ozgun was arrested while trying to make it to the Afghan-Pakistani border area in 2007.

AFP/Expatica

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