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Terror cell member jailed

The Local · 9 May 2011, 18:58

Published: 09 May 2011 18:58 GMT+02:00

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Rami Makenesi provided a full confession in exchange for a reduced prison sentence of no more than five years.

The Frankfurt-born Makenesi went to Pakistan in 2009 where he joined an al-Qaida group which gave him weapons' training. He was also involved in fighting Pakistani troops, the court heard.

In February 2010 he was sent to join a group fighting in Afghanistan, but was unable to keep pace with the rebels and had to turn back.

Instead he offered to help raise funds for the group in Germany, but was arrested by Pakistani authorities in June before he could make it home.

He was extradited to Germany in August where he has been held pending trial.

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Information provided by him and by another German arrested in Afghanistan prompted a security clampdown in Germany in November, resulting notably in the closing of the federal parliament building in Berlin to most visitors.


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20:26 May 9, 2011 by twisted
Damn !!! A slap on the wrist, you naughty boy. When is Germany going to learn to get tough on criminals and terrorists instead of just coddling them and hope they become better persons? Unbelievable.
20:47 May 9, 2011 by raandy
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22:36 May 9, 2011 by taiwanluthiers
Sorry, this whole "get tough on crime" just doesn't fly in Germany. They are concerned about protecting Germans but they don't want to hand out excessive punishments because Hitler did that in WWII for no reason. You do need to know that Germany does allow indefinite detentions for those who are deemed to be a danger to society but the rules on that are very very strict, as in they can't just use it on anyone they happen to dislike.

Also because of the whole "get tough on crime" attitude in the US, they have the highest prison population in the world. In America you can get jailed (often for years) for rather minor "crimes", whereas elsewhere in the world it would be a fine if any jail sentence was produced at all.
01:16 May 10, 2011 by EastPrussia
Only four years? That is crazy.
06:20 May 10, 2011 by Landmine
Looks like he's been hitting the brotchen a little too much in the Vaterland causing him problems keeping up in the battlefield, that is hillarious. That is probably how the West will win against the jihadists ha ha Fatten them up an fight them in the hills....
07:10 May 10, 2011 by ChrisRea
Five years sentence for not committing any crime but trying to raise funds for Al-Qaida sounds reasonable (while also getting a full confession which probably will lead to getting the real bad boys). I believe it is better than shooting suspects on sight so that they cannot talk anymore.
09:39 May 10, 2011 by Sooney
laughing - amazing.....unbelieveable....
15:47 May 10, 2011 by bramblebush
I suppose deportation and bannishment back to Syria after his prison sentence is served is out of the question?
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