US terror charges for man held in Germany

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11 Nov, 2011 Updated Fri 11 Nov 2011 07:30 CEST
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A man held in German custody could be jailed for life if convicted by an American court on charges that he conspired to provide Al-Qaida with explosives and training, prosecutors in the United States said on Thursday.

The US Attorney's office in Brooklyn said that a federal grand jury had indicted Abdeladim El-Kebir, also known as "Abi al-Barra," with "conspiring to provide material support, including personnel, training, lethal substances and explosives, to al-Qaida."

"El-Kebir is also charged with conspiring to possess weapons, including a destructive device," the prosecutors' office said in a statement.

Details of the charges against El-Kebir, who was arrested in Düsseldorf this April, were not revealed. The Moroccan-born man was arrested with two others suspected of being al-Qaida members. The German Federal Prosecutor said at the time the group was experimenting with building a shrapnel bomb, with plans to detonate in a large crowd.

The American government is expected to request his extradition for trial.

DPA/AFP/mdm

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