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Suspect in Plot on U.S. Base Is Convicted of Lesser Charge

A German court today convicted a Turkish man of illegally possessing explosives, after prosecutors dropped a more serious charge that he and his American fiancée had planned to bomb the European headquarters of the United States Army here. The court also upheld a drug charge against the man, Osman Petmezci, who was arrested last September after the police found gunpowder, chemicals, six metal pipes and a poster of Osama bin Laden in his apartment. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Heidelberg state court. His fiancée, Astrid Eyzaguirre, was released last week after a key witness retracted her account of being told of the plot by Ms. Eyzaguirre, who worked at a liquor store on the base. She was given six months’ probation for growing marijuana in the apartment she shared with Mr. Petmezci. Full Story

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