Suspected bomb plotters go on trial in Germany
Wednesday 22 April 2009
Four men accused of planning a series of bomb attacks on US targets in Germany which police say could have killed dozens of people went on trial today.
Prosecutors say the men, three Germans and one Turkish national, were planning simultaneous attacks on discos and pubs at the US Ramstein air base in Germany, with about 10 times as much explosive as used in the 2005 attacks in London.
The suspected German-based Islamists will follow the proceedings from behind a glass shield in the high-security court in Duesseldorf, which has a helicopter landing platform on the roof to bring in the defendants.
Police say the men were well-advanced in their preparations for attacks and that more than 50 people could have been killed.
The CIA helped foil the plot after months of close cooperation with German authorities, media have reported.
The charges include preparing bomb attacks and being members of a terrorist organisation. If convicted, the defendants face up to 15 years in jail.
Defence lawyers will argue that information used in the investigation was obtained illegally through surveillance in Germany and Pakistan.
They will also say that prosecutors obtained testimony from other prisoners held in countries where inmates have been tortured.
Two defendants are German converts to Islam: Fritz Gelowicz, 29, and Daniel Schneider, 23. A third suspect - Attila Selek, 24, is of Turkish origin and has German citizenship. The fourth suspect, Adem Yilmaz, has a Turkish passport.
The first witnesses, likely to be relatives of the defendants, are due to take the stand tomorrow. About 200 witnesses are expected to give evidence during the trial which is expected to last up to two years.
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