German al-Qaida member sentenced to prison term

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Posted: May 09, 2011 9:15 AM
German al-Qaida member sentenced to prison term

A German-Syrian dual national who has admitted belonging to al-Qaida has been convicted of membership in a terrorist group and given a prison sentence of four years and nine months.

The Frankfurt state court also found Monday that Rami Makanesi trained at an al-Qaida paramilitary camp in Pakistan's lawless border region.

Judge Thomas Sagebiel said the defendant cooperated fully with investigators _ opening the way for a plea deal under which prosecutors and the defense agreed to a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The 25-year-old was arrested in Pakistan in June 2010. He was extradited two months later.

Prosecutors said Makanesi was planning to return to Germany to raise funds for al-Qaida and also be in place for terrorist operations if needed.