Prosecutors seek 7 years for terror suspects

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22 September 2005, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - German prosecutors demanded terms of imprisonment of seven years or more on Thursday for four men who are accused of forming a terrorist cell loyal to Iraq's most wanted man, Abu-Mussab al-Sarqawi.

22 September 2005

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - German prosecutors demanded terms of imprisonment of seven years or more on Thursday for four men who are accused of forming a terrorist cell loyal to Iraq's most wanted man, Abu-Mussab al-Sarqawi.

The four are alleged to have spied out a synagogue in Berlin and a Jewish-owned nightspot in the western city of Dusseldorf as potential bombing targets, but they were arrested before they could act.

As the long-running trial neared a verdict, the prosecutors said the three Palestinians on trial should be jailed for seven to eight years for membership in a terrorist organization, while an Algerian national who aided them deserved seven years.

Police believe the group was a German branch of al-Tawhid, the group led by al-Sarqawi that sets off car bombs and decapitates hostages in Iraq. Prosecutor Christian Monka said a terrible attack could have happened in Germany if police had not swooped.

Monka said it would only have been a matter of time before the group managed to purchase explosives and guns to carry out the plans.

The Algerian admitted earlier to the court in Dusseldorf that he had obtained hand-grenades and a pistol and sold them to the other defendants, but said he did this for the money, not with a terrorist purpose.

DPA

Subject: German news

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