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Prominent Islamic extremist goes on trial in Germany

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau, who is going on trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, delivers a speach during a rally in Hamburg, northern Germany. Federal prosecutors say Lau is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau, who is going on trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, delivers a speach during a rally in Hamburg, northern Germany. Federal prosecutors say Lau is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau arrives for the start of the trial for commercial fraud against Ibrahim Abou-Nagie to join as a spectator before the district court in Cologne, Germany. Lau faces again a trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Duesseldorf. Federal prosecutors say he is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Henning Kaiser/dpa cia AP, file)

    FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau arrives for the start of the trial for commercial fraud against Ibrahim Abou-Nagie to join as a spectator before the district court in Cologne, Germany. Lau faces again a trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Duesseldorf. Federal prosecutors say he is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Henning Kaiser/dpa cia AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

A well-known German convert to Islam who once tried to establish Sharia law in a city neighborhood is going on trial on allegations he supported a foreign terror organization.

Federal prosecutors say Sven Lau is suspected of supporting The Army of Emigrants and Partisans, known as JAMWA, by acting as the contact for extremists wanting to fight for the group in Syria, the German news agency dpa reported.

The 35-year-old is also suspected of providing financial and material support to the group.

Lau goes on trial Tuesday at a high security court in the western city of Duesseldorf.

Lau first made headlines in 2014 when he attempted to establish a "Sharia police" in the city of Wuppertal to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.