German-afghan man accused of al Qaeda membership
BERLIN | A German-afghan man whose information helped prompt terrorism warnings across Europe in 2010 goes on trial Monday on charges that he is a member of al Qaeda and another terrorist group.
Ahmad Wali Siddiqui was captured by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in July 2010 and while in custody provided details on alleged al Qaeda plots supposedly targeting European cities. No attacks materialized.
Attorney Michael Rosenthal, who represents Mr. Siddiqui, said the indictment is based largely on statements made by his client to authorities and that Mr. Siddiqui plans to address the court as the trial opens in Koblenz state court. He would not give details.
The 37-year-old Mr. Siddiqui faces a possible 10 years in prison if convicted of membership in al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.