Germany jails train bomb plotter

Lebanese national sentenced to life for planting a bomb on a German train in 2006.

    Prosecutors said the failed bomb plot could have caused up to 75 casualties [EPA]

    Ottmar Breidling, the presiding judge, said el-Hajj Dib was guilty of a "thoroughly terrorist act" and dismissed the defendant's claim that he had only deposited a mock-up of a bomb packed in a suitcase in a rail carriage to scare the German public.

    "This was a crime for which only the highest penalty under the law can apply," Breidling said.

    A life sentence in Germany generally amounts to 15 years in prison.


    Duscha Gmel, the state prosecutor, told the court: "Germany was never closer to an Islamist attack."

    El-Hajj Dib told the court last week that he had no intention of killing anyone.

    "If I had really wanted the attack, I could have finished building the explosive charge correctly," he said.

    He said his actions were meant as a warning after cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed were published in a Danish newspaper in 2005, and reprinted by other European publications.

    The cartoons sparked protests across the world.

    Both Dib and Hamad, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in Beirut over the plot, had been living as students in Germany.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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