German court jails 4 Islamists over attack plots
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German court jails 4 Islamists over attack plots

Muslim convert Marco Gaebel found guilty of placing bomb at Bonn train station, starting terror group with 3 others

Defendant Marco Gaebel stands in the courtroom during his trial in Duesseldorf, Germany, April 3, 2017.(AFP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)
Defendant Marco Gaebel stands in the courtroom during his trial in Duesseldorf, Germany, April 3, 2017.(AFP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — A German court Monday sentenced to life in prison an Islamist militant who plotted a failed bomb attack at a railway station, and handed jail terms to three other extremists.

Marco Gaebel, 29, a German citizen and convert to Islam, planted a homemade pipe bomb in a sports bag at the main train station of Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany, in December 2012.

The bomb failed to go off, but its discovery sparked a major terrorism alert that caused travel chaos at the station two weeks before Christmas.

Gaebel and the three others were also found guilty of forming a terrorist organisation and of plotting to shoot dead the leader of anti-immigrant group Pro-NRW in North Rhine-Westphalia state in March 2013.

The four militants were furious after the right-wing fringe group had staged an anti-Islamic street protest and displayed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed outside a local mosque.

Defendant Marco Gaebel stands in the courtroom during his trial in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
Defendant Marco Gaebel stands in the courtroom during his trial in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)

Two of the other defendants, Turkish-German Koray Durmaz, 28 and Albanian Enea Buzo, 46 received prison terms of 12 years while German Tayfun Sevim, 27, was given a nine-and-a-half-year jail term.

Judge Frank Schreiber handed down the sentences in a high-security courtroom in the western city of Düesseldorf after a two-and-a-half-year trial that included testimony from 27 experts and 157 witnesses.

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