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Three Iraqis charged in plot to kill former PM

[JURIST] A German court has charged three Iraqi German residents with conspiring to kill former Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi [JURIST news archive] and membership in a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. German authorities arrested [JURIST report] all three the morning of December 3, 2004, the day they planned to attack Allawi while he attended an event at a Deutsche Bank branch in downtown Berlin. Two of the men, identified only as Mazen A. H. and Rafik M. Y., are said to be members of the Kurdish militant group Ansar al Islam [Iraqi News profile], while the third, Ata R., was described as a ringleader. Ata R. and Mazen A. H. face additional charges for fund-raising for the terrorist organization. According to a spokeswoman for the prosecutors, there is a maximum sentence of 10 years for membership in a terrorist organization, but no maximum for the conspiracy charge. AP has more.

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