Lebanon charges six over German train plot

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4 September 2006, BEIRUT - Lebanon's state prosecution on Saturday issued preliminary charges against five Lebanese and a Syrian over a plot to bomb trains in Germany, judicial sources said. "The prosecution accused Jihad Hamad, Khaled al-Hajdib, Ayman Hawa, Khalil al-Bubbu, Youssef al-Hajdib (all Lebanese) and Fadi Saleh (Syrian) of planning mass murder by plotting to bomb the German trains using explosive material," the sources said. Four of the suspects are in custody in Lebanon, while two - Youssef al-

4 September 2006

BEIRUT - Lebanon's state prosecution on Saturday issued preliminary charges against five Lebanese and a Syrian over a plot to bomb trains in Germany, judicial sources said.

"The prosecution accused Jihad Hamad, Khaled al-Hajdib, Ayman Hawa, Khalil al-Bubbu, Youssef al-Hajdib (all Lebanese) and Fadi Saleh (Syrian) of planning mass murder by plotting to bomb the German trains using explosive material," the sources said.

Four of the suspects are in custody in Lebanon, while two - Youssef al-Hajdib and Fadi Saleh - are being held in Germany.

The charges are not tantamount to a formal indictment, which usually follows later.

The file on the case had been handed over to a judge who will question the four suspects being held in Lebanon on Monday, the sources said.

If convicted, the accused could face life imprisonment with hard labour.

The accusation coincided with the arrival in Lebanon of Germany's foreign intelligence chief Ernst Uhrlau on Friday.

Informed sources said Uhrlau had met Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza on Saturday.

According to the sources, the talks between the German official and Mirza focused on the charges against the six suspects being held in connection with the foiled bomb plot in Germany in July.

Uhrlau, accompanied by five German officers, arrived on a private German jet in Beirut, where he was met by the German Ambassador to Lebanon, Marius Haas.

The sources told dpa the focus of the talks would be on ways to extradite to Germany of suspects being held in Lebanon given that Lebanon and Germany have no extradition treaty.

Lebanese security sources said Uhrlau had met intelligence officers who were involved in the arrest of the suspects and that he was also scheduled to meet with government officials.

Speculation also abounded that the German official might be in Lebanon to try to negotiate a prison swap between Israel and Hezbollah, as it has done in the past.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday, during a visit to Berlin, urged Germany to "work for the release of the kidnapped soldiers," noting that it "has already played an important role in the past in negotiations with Hezbollah."

Urlau personally oversaw a January 2004 deal that saw Israel exchange 429 Arab prisoners for the release of an Israeli businessman captured by Hezbollah and the remains of three soldiers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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