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Man accused of membership in extremist Islamic State group goes on trial in Germany

  • German Kreshnik B. , left, waits for the beginning of his trial at a higher regional court in Frankfurt,  Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    German Kreshnik B. , left, waits for the beginning of his trial at a higher regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Kreshnik B. waits for the beginning of his trial at a higher regional court in Frankfurt,  Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    German Kreshnik B. waits for the beginning of his trial at a higher regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • German police officers  guard outside the regional court in Frankfurt,  Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014.  German Kreshnik B.   stands on trial at the higher regional court in Frankfurt,  He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    German police officers guard outside the regional court in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. German Kreshnik B. stands on trial at the higher regional court in Frankfurt, He is accused of having been a member of the Islamic state group in Syria. He was arrested when he came back to Germany in December 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

A 20-year-old German man is going on trial in Frankfurt accused of being a member of the extremist Islamic State group.

Monday's case is the first such case to come to court in Germany and opens just days after the country banned Islamic State symbols and any propaganda activity for the group.

Prosecutors allege that Kreshnik Berisha, who once played for a Jewish football club, traveled last year to Syria, where he fought with the group before returning to Germany five months later.

Berisha faces up to 10 years in prison for membership of a foreign terrorist organization.

Heightened security measures have been put in place for the trial, which is expected to last until at least November.