Published January 14, 2015
German court has convicted two men of supporting a radical Islamic group with links to Al Qaeda and sentenced them to prison terms.
The Frankfurt state court on Tuesday found the two guilty of supporting the Islamic Jihad Union, an offshoot of the jihadist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
It sentenced Omid Shirkhani, a German of Afghan background, to two years and nine months in prison; and co-defendant Huseyin Ozgun, a Turk, to a year and two months.
Authorities in 2007 foiled alleged plans by the Islamic Jihad Union to attack U.S. targets in Germany. Though neither man was charged in that plot, the court found that both had links to Adem Yilmaz, a Turk living in Germany who is currently on trial over the plans.