Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sweden hands over Jordanian Islamic al Qaeda terrorism suspect to Germany


A man suspected of plotting to set up a new front for al Qaeda in Sudan has been handed over to German authorities after being detained in Sweden, the German Federal Prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Jordanian, named as Thaer A., is charged with founding a "terrorist ring" with four others last summer at the request of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

"The aim of the organisation was to set up a front in Sudan against the 'crusaders' and to implement holy war by perpetrating serious offences, according to an order by Osama bin Laden," the prosecutor said in a statement.

German authorities became suspicious after monitoring Internet chat during the surveillance of another man now being held on charges of supporting al Qaeda, the statement said.

Thaer A. was arrested in Sweden on March 19 on an European warrant issued by the prosecutor's office. He has been detained since then and arrived in Germany on Wednesday.

Sweden extradites Islamist to Germany: terrorism


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