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Al-Qaeda members jailed

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Al-Qaeda members jailed
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16:30 CET+01:00
Two suspected Al-Qaeda members were on Friday handed lengthy prison sentences by a Berlin court. One had released a video during the 2007 election campaign threatening a holy war on Germany.

The court gave one of the pair, a 27-year-old German, nine years in prison. His 23-year-old Austrian partner was handed six years and nine months.

The German was founding member of terrorist organisation the German Taliban Mudschaheddin (DTM), and, according to the federal prosecutor's office, the two met in Afghanistan before both partaking in military training on the Pakistani-Afghan border.

In 2007, the older suspect published during the election campaign a video threatening to launch a holy war on Germany.

He was arrested in Vienna in March 2011 and two months later the Austrian was arrested in Berlin, the prosecutor's office said.

During the year long trial, both men remained silent.

DPA/The Local/jcw

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