Syrian sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for preparing attack





Hamburg - A Syrian man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for preparing an Islamist terrorist attack in Germany.



 
The sentence was handed down to the man, identified under German privacy laws as Yamen A, by the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg on Friday.
"You wanted to commit a crime against life that is likely to jeopardize the existence and security of the state," Hamburg Security Senate Chair Ulrike Taeubner said, addressing the defendant.
In the planned car bombing, up to 200 people were to die or be injured in Germany.
The 20-year-old, who had been detained in the northern city of Schwerin just over a year ago, had taken care of all the components and chemicals needed to build an explosive device.
Several times he had asked chat partners for instructions on bomb construction. He also tried several times to make the explosive TATP.
He had stubbornly and purposefully pursued his goal until his arrest, the court found, which is why it went beyond the prosecutor's demand for five and a half years in prison.
In 2015, the defendant had fled from Syria to Germany on the instructions of his parents to avoid being conscripted into the military.
In Schwerin, he first lived in a shared flat with other young refugees, then alone.
By the summer of 2017 at the latest, he was radicalized over the internet and began to advocate the ideology of the terrorist organization Islamic State.
The defence had pleaded for his acquittal.
The verdict is not yet legally binding and may be appealed.

 


Friday, November 30th 2018
(dpa)
           


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