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Updated: March 4, 2010 15:27 IST

Four convicted in German terror trial

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Defendant Adem Yilmaz enters a courtroom in Dusseldorf, western Germany, on Tuesday. Four men went on trial on Tuesday for allegedly plotting to attack U.S. and German targets in central Germany a plan foiled by authorities in 2007. Photo: AP.
Defendant Adem Yilmaz enters a courtroom in Dusseldorf, western Germany, on Tuesday. Four men went on trial on Tuesday for allegedly plotting to attack U.S. and German targets in central Germany a plan foiled by authorities in 2007. Photo: AP.

A court has convicted four men over a foiled 2007 plot to attack U.S. targets in Germany and given them prison sentences of up to 12 years.

Three of them - Fritz Gelowicz and Daniel Schneider, both German converts to Islam, and Turkish citizen Adem Yilmaz - were convicted of membership in a terrorist organization and other offenses. The fourth, Turkish citizen Attila Selek, was convicted of supporting a terrorist organization.

Gelowicz and Schneider were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Yilmaz was given 11 years and Selek five.

The men were accused of operating as a German cell of the radical Islamic Jihad Union and charged with plotting bombing attacks in Germany against American citizens and facilities including the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein base.

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