Germany frees Strasbourg bomb suspect

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FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec 11 (AFP) - A Frankfurt court Thursday dismissed charges against an Algerian, Samir Krimou, of involvement with an Islamic extremist group convicted of planning a thwarted attack in the French city of Strasbourg.

FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec 11 (AFP) - A Frankfurt court Thursday dismissed charges against an Algerian, Samir Krimou, of involvement with an Islamic extremist group convicted of planning a thwarted attack in the French city of Strasbourg.

The group was convicted nine months ago for the attempted attack at Christmas 2000.

Germany's Federal Attorney claimed Krimou, 34, had been a member of the convicted group.

But the court ruled that the trial had demonstrated the opposite. Krimou insisted throughout the trial he had at no time in his life belonged to a "terrorist" organisation.

The defendant, said to have arrived in Germany in 1993 as an asylum-seeker, acknowledged having had contacts with Islamic fundamentalists in London 1999 and having later attended a training camp in Afhganistan the following year.

But he claimed he had left this camp early on, and had never been informed of any planned attacks.

A Frankfurt court sentenced four fundamentalists to prison terms of 10 to 12 years for their part in the attempted Strasbourg bombing.

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