Germany jails three al-Qaeda backers for terrorism
5th December 2007, Two Arab men and a helper received prison terms ranging up to seven years in Germany for setting up a local al-Qaeda chapter that tried to build a nuclear "dirty bomb."
5th December 2007
Two Arab men and a helper received prison terms ranging up to seven years in Germany for setting up a local al-Qaeda chapter that tried to build a nuclear "dirty bomb."
They collected funds for Osama bin Laden's organization and plotted to raise money for terrorism by insurance fraud, with plans to make it look as if one of the men had been killed in an accident in Egypt and to then claim a life-assurance payout.
A court in Dusseldorf took more than 18 months to hear the terrorism case, in which most of the evidence came from police phone intercepts.
Ibrahim Mohamed K, a Syrian, was given seven years for membership of a foreign terrorist organization. Yasser Abu-S, 33, a Palestinian born in Libya, received six years on the same charge.
The latter's younger brother, Ismail Abu-S, 30, received 42 months jail on the lesser charge of supporting a terrorist organization.
The Syrian attempted in more than one country to buy highly radioactive substances that could be included in a conventional bomb so that the explosion led to a fallout of nuclear dust. But he could not find anyone able to sell him any.
Prosecutors said the two main plotters had been willing to commit suicide bombings and encouraged other people to volunteer to blow themselves up. The trio were arrested in January 2005 before they could commit any violence.
Subject: German news, terrorism, al-Qaeda