Germany to try trio linked to Allawi death plot

27th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, STUTTGART, GERMANY - Three men linked to a plot to kill former Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi during a visit to Germany are to appear in court on June 13, prosecutors said Monday.

27 March 2006

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Three men linked to a plot to kill former Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi during a visit to Germany are to appear in court on June 13, prosecutors said Monday.

The three members of the Ansar al-Islam movement were arrested in December 2004 just hours before Allawi arrived in Berlin on a state visit.

They face charges of membership of a terrorist organization. All three are Iraqi nationals resident in Germany and have been in detention since their arrest.

They were arrested in a swoop on homes in Berlin, Stuttgart and Augsburg after authorities spent months monitoring the men's movements and phone calls.

The ringleader was said to be a 32-year-old from Stuttgart who is alleged to have played a key role in obtaining explosives and recruiting suicide bombers for attacks in Iraq.

Ansar al-Islam was founded four years ago in northern Iraq, but many of its members relocated to Iran and Europe after the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

DPA

Subject: German news

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