BerlinCourt issues warrant against terror suspects



BerlinCourt issues warrant against terror suspects Berlin: A court in Berlin has issued arrest warrants against two terror suspects of Arab origin, detained by police earlier after the security authorities uncovered an alleged plot to carry out a bomb attack.

A 24-year-old German national of Lebanese origin and a 28-year-old man from the Gaza Strip are accused of plotting to make one or several "crude" bombs by obtaining large quantities of chemicals.

A magistrate, who questioned the two men last evening, ordered to keep them in preventive custody because of a possibility that they might flee, a spokesman for the state prosecutor said.

They are being investigated under a new clause of the German penal code, which makes preparations to carry out a terror attack a criminal act liable for punishment.

The investigators are currently examining chemicals, computer, USB sticks, discs, documents and other material confiscated during police raids on the two men's houses and an Islamic cultural centre in Berlin on Thursday.

Investigations are focusing on the possibility that they were preparing to carry out "major violent crime against the state," the spokesman said.

Media reports said the two men had acquired large quantities of acetone, hydrochloric acid and several coolants, which could be used to make one or several "crude" bombs, but their preparations were in a very preliminary stage.

Their alleged bomb plot was uncovered after the companies, which supplied the chemicals, became suspicious about the large quantities they have ordered.

The German interior ministry in Berlin said a tip-off from a foreign intelligence service also led to their arrests.

Meanwhile, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the two men maintained regular contacts with the terror groups in Afghanistan and one of them received training in a training camp along the border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The German national of Lebanese origin belongs to a group of Islamic radicals in Berlin, which supported the "German Taliban Mujahideen" in Afghanistan, Der Spiegel said.

Two years ago, the security authorities at Berlin's Tegel airport prevented him from travelling to Iran and his passport was confiscated.

The investigators believe that he wanted to join the terrorist organisations in Afghanistan, the magazine said.

He also had contacts with two other Islamic radicals in Berlin, who were sentenced to prison terms for supporting terrorist organisations abroad, according to the magazine.

In the case of the man from the Gaza Strip, investigators have received evidence that he received training in a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan and he was in contact with an Iranian who organises human trafficking, Der Spiegel said.

The German Federal Prosecutor's Office said today that on the basis of the information available so far, it sees no need to take up the investigations into the foiled bomb plot from the state prosecutors in Berlin.

The German interior ministry said the security authorities have no concrete warnings for a terrorist attack on the occasion of Sunday's tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington and therefore there is no need to further tighten the security situation.

PTI