Sauerland cell terrorist suspect writing memoirs in jail

Adem Yilmaz, a member of the so-called Sauerland Cell on trial for planning terror attacks in Germany, is writing his memoirs in jail, news magazine Der Spiegel reports in the latest issue of the magazine.

Sauerland cell terrorist suspect writing memoirs in jail
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The 30-year-old has already filled 50 pages by hand, the magazine reported.

Yilmaz, a Turkish national, suggested writing a book together with co-defendant, Daniel Schneider, a German convert to Islam. The two are currently on trial in Düsseldorf with two other suspects, Fritz Gelowicz and Attila Selek for allegedly planning to car-bomb US facilities in Germany and nightclubs popular with Americans.

Prosecutors say the group are Islamic radicals who were inspired by the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks against the US.

Schneider reportedly approves of the memoir idea, writing in a note to Yilmaz seen by Der Spiegel that there are things about the attempted bombing plot that need to be “clarified.”

One possible problem with a memoir, Schneider pointed out, is that three of the four suspects on trial have had their assets frozen as international terrorism suspects, which could also put a book deal on ice.

“The contract has to be done by someone else, who has to control everything, including the money,” Schneider wrote. “The trial has already cost the state €500,000 and if they get the sense that any of us has any money, then they’ll also take it from us.”

Authorities believe the men planned bombings between early September 2007 and mid-October 2007, when the German parliament was to vote to extend participation in the NATO peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. They were arrested in September 2007.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.