Three charged with plot to kill Iraqi leader
16 November 2005, BERLIN - Prosecutors on Wednesday charged three men with plotting to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi during a visit to Germany last year.
16 November 2005
BERLIN - Prosecutors on Wednesday charged three men with plotting to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi during a visit to Germany last year.
The three, who were arrested during Allawi's visit to Germany in December 2004, are accused of belonging to the Iraqi terrorist group Ansar-al Islam which reportedly has links to al-Qaeda.
Policed arrested the men - aged between 23 and 31 - after bugged telephones led officers to believe Allawi was in imminent danger.
The ringleader of the group, identified only as Ata R. from Stuttgart, allegedly helped recruit suicide bombers for Iraq and funds for Ansar-al Islam, said the federal prosecutor's office in a statement.
The three are charged with membership in a foreign terrorist organisation, preparing to carry out the attack on Allawi and violations of German laws on sending money to extremist groups.
Germany did not take part in the U.S.-led Iraq war in 2003 and has refused to send troops to the country.
But Berlin is currently training Iraqi police and soldiers at sites outside of the country.
Subject: German news