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Sudden Development in Case of 3 Syrians Facing Terrorism Charges in Germany

Sudden Development in Case of 3 Syrians Facing Terrorism Charges in Germany

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 - 13:00
Police at the Brandenburger Tor gate in Berlin, Germany. Reuters

A sudden development occurred in the trial of three Syrians facing terrorism charges on Friday before the court of Hamburg, Germany.

One of the three defendants confessed that ISIS sent him as part of the flow of refugees to Germany in order to form a "sleeper" terrorist cell.

This confession confirms investigators' fears of the exploitation of refugees who arrived from three years to form terrorist cells in Europe.

Defendant Mohammed A. from Aleppo admitted that he had conducted three-month training courses on various weapons at ISIS camps in Raqqa as a preparation for the next mission in Germany.

One of the ISIS militants in Raqqa worked on putting his picture in a passport confiscated by the terrorist organization from the Syrian cities.

The defendant also received €1,500 from the organization to start his journey with refugees until reaching Germany. He also admitted that he had moved from the Free Syrian Army to the terrorist militias for purely financial reasons in 2015.

He said before the court that ISIS militant Abu Walid al-Soury ordered him to travel to Germany and form a sleeper cell there.

Terrorist confessions before the Paris police revealed that Abu Walid was the Syrian who also recruited the perpetrators of the Paris attacks at the end of 2015.

Abu Walid told Mohammed A. that he had to apply for political asylum in Germany and wait for further instructions after receiving the approval.

Mohammed claimed that he did not contact the terrorist organization in Syria because the German police in December 2015 paid him a visit and warned him that he will be under permanent monitoring.

He did not recognize the other Syrians who are being tried with him in Hamburg and whether they were meant to form a sleeping cell.

The public prosecution believes that the defendant is trying to reduce his sentence by confessing and perhaps even more likely to obtain the release called for by his lawyer.

Notably, the Public Prosecution did not have evidence to condemn Mohammed A. of receiving military training in ISIS camps.

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