Jordanian jailed for Qaida links

A Jordanian has been jailed for four years by a German court for plotting attacks on Jewish targets in Germany as part of a hardline group linked to al-Qaida.

    Hardline Al Tawhid group is believed to be linked to al-Qaida

    Shadi Muhammad Mustafa Abd Allah, a 27-year-old of Palestinian origin, was found guilty on Wednesday by the court in the western German city of Duesseldorf of membership of al-Tawhid. 

    He was accused of plotting attacks on two Jewish restaurants in Duesseldorf and a Jewish community centre in Berlin. 

    German intelligence officers told the court in evidence that al-Tawhid was linked to Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, blamed for the 11 September attacks in the United States.

    Abd Allah had admitted a role in planning the attacks, and prosecutors asked for half the maximum 10-year sentence because of his admissions. 

    Next year, he is due to appear as a prosecution witness in the trial of four fellow al-Tawhid members. 

    Al-Tawhid

    Zarqawi is  alleged to be the link
    between al-Qaida and Saddam

    Al-Tawhid's stated aims include overthrowing the state of Jordan and death to all Jews. 

    According to Germany's BKA federal crime office, its operational leader is Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, named by the United States as a key link between ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. 

    Abd Allah said al-Tawhid members in Germany were ordered by superiors a day after the 11 September  attacks to bomb Jewish sites in Germany. 

    Prosecutors said his task in the operation was to "find appropriate targets and procure weapons."

    SOURCE: AFP


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