Pakistani-German on trial for aiding Al-Qaeda
The accused was arrested in February and charged with giving thousands of euros to Al-Qaeda, along with field-glasses and other military equipment.
Koblenz -- A 46-year-old German of Pakistani-origin went on trial Monday charged with helping to fund and arm Al-Qaeda in Pakistan's northwest frontier region.
The accused, whose name was given only as Aleem N., was arrested in February and charged with giving 27,000 euros (34,000 dollars) to Al-Qaeda, along with field-glasses, night-vision equipment, and microphone-detecting sensors during four trips he made to the Pakistani-Afghan border area between 2005 and 2007.
The defendant, who lived in Germersheim, in Germany's western Rhineland-Palatinate region, is also accused of membership of a foreign terrorist organization, of receiving explosives training at an extremist camp, and of helping recruit volunteers to go to Pakistan.
He declined to testify on the first day of the trial.