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Jordanian Faces Terror Trial in Germany

A Jordanian accused of helping an Islamic extremist group plot attacks formed a “close, trusting relationship” in Afghanistan with a suspected associate of Osama bin Laden, prosecutors said at the opening of his trial Tuesday. Shadi Abdellah, 26, who has said he served briefly as bin Laden’s bodyguard in Afghanistan, was among nine people detained across Germany in April 2002 on suspicion of plotting attacks. He is charged with belonging to a terrorist organization, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and forging passports. Presenting the charges in a Duesseldorf state court, prosecutors said Abdellah was acting under orders from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant whom Secretary of State Colin Powell described in February as an “associate and collaborator of bin Laden and his al-Qaida lieutenants.” Full Story

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