Wife of German extremist Islamist jailed

9th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A German court jailed for two and a half years on Wednesday the wife of an Islamist extremist serving 12 years for plotting attacks on US servicemen and civilians in Germany.

Filiz Gelowicz, 29, was found guilty of supporting "foreign terrorist groups" but the fact that she confessed and has since distanced herself from the groups counted in her favour, the court in Berlin ruled.

Husband Fritz, a German convert to Islam, was jailed in March 2010 along with three others in the so-called Sauerland cell for planning in 2007 what the judge called "a second September 11, 2001."

Proposed targets included pubs and nightclubs in several German cities frequented by Americans but also US airbases and diplomatic facilities.

Last Wednesday a suspected Islamist radical allegedly shot dead two US airmen at Frankfurt airport on a bus about to take them to the nearby Ramstein airbase. Two others were also seriously injured in the attack.

Kosovan Arid U., 21, was arrested at the scene. Prosecutors believe he was motivated by revenge for alleged atrocities committed by US troops in Afghanistan but that he was not part of a wider group.

© 2011 AFP

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