Germany Arrests Terrorist Suspected of Supplying Al Qaeda

A suspected Al Qaeda member accused of helping get equipment and money for the terrorist organization has been arrested in Germany, prosecutors said Saturday.

The 30-year-old German citizen, identified only as Sermet I., was arrested at Stuttgart airport Friday as he entered the country. A federal judge ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges.

The man is suspected of membership in a terrorist organization and three counts of violating export laws, federal prosecutors said in a statement. They did not say where the man flew in from or if he was a resident in Stuttgart.

They alleged he supplied range finders, night-vision equipment and an unspecified quantity of cash to Aleem N., a German of Pakistani origin who was arrested in Germany in February 2008.

The suspect handed over the goods on three occasions between August 2004 and December 2006, and Aleem N. took the equipment and money to Al Qaeda members along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, according to prosecutors.

Aleem N., charged with membership in Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, went on trial in December. It is not clear when the trial will end.