Terror charges for man in Germany over US targets

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 6:55 AM

Germany has filed terrorism charges against a Turkish-German dual citizen allegedly linked to a member of a cell that plotted to attack U.S. targets, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, identified only as Kadir T. in line with German privacy laws, was charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and violating export laws, federal prosecutors said.

The suspect, who was arrested in August, regularly attended meetings of a group centering around Adem Yilmaz, who used them to recruit candidates for the radical Islamic Jihad Union, prosecutors said.

In 2007, authorities foiled alleged plans by the Islamic Jihad Union to attack U.S. targets in Germany. Yilmaz, a Turk living in Germany, is on trial over the plans. Kadir T. was not charged in that plot.

Prosecutors said that in July 2007, Kadir T. bought a video camera and a night-vision device for the Islamic Jihad Union on orders from Yilmaz, who had them sent to members of the group in the Waziristan region, in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.

There was no immediate word on when a trial might start. The charges were filed Nov. 20 at a Frankfurt court.