German inquiry upgrades charges against Islamist trio
The men, two of them German converts to Islam, had allegedly bought bomb-making chemicals to truck-bomb a US base or bars frequented by US servicemen in Germany.
Karlsruhe, Germany -- German prosecutors are upgrading the prospective charges against three Islamist suspects arrested last September to include conspiracy, sources said Thursday.
The men, two of them German converts to Islam, had allegedly bought bomb-making chemicals to truck-bomb a US base or bars frequented by US servicemen in Germany. Armed police captured the trio in a rented house in a remote village east of Cologne.
Although an indictment is not expected till September this year, a magistrate altered the remand papers of two on Thursday to embrace conspiracy to commit a specific crime, and a similar move was under consideration against the third suspect, the sources said.
Previously the suspects were held on the more vague charge of membership in a terrorist group. Federal prosecutors in the German justice capital of Karlsruhe are leading the investigation.
More specific charges against Fritz Gelowicz and Daniel Schneider, who are both German, and Adem Yilmaz, who is Turkish, would indicate evidence that their plot on behalf of the shadowy "Islamic Jihad Union" was more advanced than previously realized.