Ger­man-afghan man ac­cused of al Qaeda mem­ber­ship

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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.

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