Jordanian admits to chatroom terrorist conspiracy

14th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The man said he wanted to establish a terrorist training camp in Sudan.

Schleswig, Germany -- A 33-year-old Jordanian man admitted to a German court that he had participated in Internet chatroom conversations that discussed committing terrorist acts.

The man, identified as Thaer A, is charged with attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in Sudan, along with Redouane el-H, a German of Moroccan origin who was jailed for more than five years last month after being guilty on a similar charge.

Both trials relied largely on evidence compiled through police monitoring of Internet chatrooms in an international operation.

On the opening day of the trial, the court sitting in the northern city of Schleswig, heard that A, whose family comes originally from the Palestinian region, was supposed to provide the financial means for the cell.

Police tracked down the members of the cell by monitoring chatroom conversations, arresting A in Sweden in March last year.

"I took part in the conversations," A told the court through his defense counsel.

The defense has reached agreement with the prosecution and the court on reduction of sentence.

"The accused is to make a confession and in return he will receive a sentence of not more than two years," prosecutor Matthias Krauss said.

In addition, A is to be deported to Jordan soon, probably in April. Krauss said the aim was to avoid a lengthy trial.

The prosecution alleges A and el-H aimed, along with other accomplices, to establish a terrorist training camp in Sudan.

"They wanted to set up a front against the West in line with calls from Osama bin Laden to defend Islam against the Crusaders," Krauss said.

The accused said he was committed to taking up arms to defend his country against attack.

El-H was scheduled to give evidence on Thursday.

He was sentenced to five years and nine months on Jan. 29 for his part in the Internet conspiracy. He has launched an appeal against his conviction.

During his trial, also in Schleswig, the court heard how the conspirators had used code to communicate. A suicide bomber was called a "taxi driver," while "dough" referred to explosives and "to marry" meant to die a martyr's death.

Another alleged member of the cell, the Moroccan Abdelali M, was extradited to Germany from Sweden in May last year. His trial is due to begin shortly.

DPA with Expatica

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