Germany charges al-Qaida suspect

AP News
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 7:52 AM
Germany charges al-Qaida suspect

German prosecutors have formally charged a 25-year-old German-Syrian with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he trained with an al-Qaida-linked group in Pakistan.

Rami Makanesi was arrested by Pakistani security services last June and extradited to Germany in August.

Prosecutors said Monday he allegedly trained and fought with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

They say he planned to return to Germany to raise funds for al-Qaida and also be in place for other terrorist operations if needed.

Two weeks ago his name surfaced in connection with Arid Uka, the suspect charged with killing two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport.

The two once lived in the same building in Frankfurt, but officials say Makanesi only later became an extremist.