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German court acquits terror suspect of plot to bomb US targets

[JURIST] A German court Wednesday found Tunisian national Ihsan Garnaoui not guilty of charges of founding a terrorist organization and planning bomb attacks against American and Jewish targets in Germany. Garnaoui went on trial last May [BBC report] on allegations that he trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and was returned to Germany with instructions to bomb American and Jewish targets. Despite being acquitted on the terrorism charges, Garnaoui was found guilty and sentenced to almost four years in prison on charges of violating laws on possession of weapons, forgery, tax evasion and entering Germany illegally. The prosecutor relied in part on evidence submitted by unidentified police informants, but the Berlin court expressed doubt about the reliability of the evidence, saying it was contradictory and based on hearsay. Bloomberg has more. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has local coverage in German.

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