Turk faces terror charges in Germany

18th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The 22-year-old man, identified as Burhan Y., has been charged with transferring 1,100 euros to a contact in Istanbul who was to pass it on to the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union.

Karlsruhe -- A Turkish citizen, whose brother is accused of involvement in a bomb plot, has been charged with terrorist-related offences in Germany, federal prosecutors said here Tuesday.

The 22-year-old man, identified as Burhan Y., has been charged with transferring 1,100 euros (1,400 dollars) to a contact in Istanbul who was to pass it on to the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad Union.

This group is believed to have set up training camps for Islamist radicals along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, prosecutors said.

His brother, identified as Adem Y., was arrested along with two others in September 2007 in western Germany and charged with involvement in a major plot to attack US citizens based here.

The suspects, who are also believed to be connected to the Islamic Jihad Union, are accused of planning to use chemicals to attack installations such as US military bases in Germany and sites popular with US citizens.

A fourth bomb plot suspect, a 23-year-old German, identified only as Attila S., was extradited from Turkey to Germany in November.

He is believed to have procured 26 detonators recovered in September 2007 with drums of hydrogen peroxide, the substance used in the deadly 2005 attacks on London's transport system.

The smashing of the so-called Sauerland cell, named after an area near Frankfurt where the chemicals were seized, has led to a string of other arrests.

AFP/Expatica

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