Germany jails two for Al-Qaeda links

19th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A German court jailed on Monday two men, one Turkish and the other with joint Turkish and German nationality, for links to Al-Qaeda.

The court in Koblenz in western Germany sentenced a man identified only as Omer O. to six years behind bars and another, Sermet I., to two and a half years.

Both are 32 years old and from the southwestern town of Sindelfingen near Stuttgart.

They were found guilty of procuring money and equipment such as night-vision goggles for Aleem N., a German of Pakistani origin seen by police as an Al-Qaeda kingpin in Germany who was jailed last July for eight years.

The men both supported the Islamic extremist organisation's aims and methods, the court ruled.

Omer O. was also accused of undergoing weapons training at a "terror" camp in the Afghan-Pakistan border region in early 2006.

Germany has around 4,700 troops in Afghanistan and has beefed up security in recent years in response to the threat of attacks by Islamic extremists.

In March four Islamic militants were given jail terms of between five and 12 years after being caught mixing explosives and plotting attacks on US diplomats, soldiers and civilians in Germany.

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States were planned in part in the German port city of Hamburg by an Al-Qaeda cell led by Mohammed Atta, the hijacker of the first plane to strike New York's World Trade Center.

© 2010 AFP

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