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Bin Laden 'bodyguard' is jailed

A German court has jailed an al-Qaeda suspect for four years for helping plot terror attacks against Jewish targets. Shadi Abdellah, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, had told the court he was briefly a bodyguard to al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden. The court in Duesseldorf found him guilty of membership of a terror group and falsifying passports. He received a lesser sentence for giving what prosecutors called valuable testimony about his associates. Abdellah, 27, was one of nine suspected extremists arrested in Germany in April 2002 on suspicion of plotting imminent terror attacks. The targets were believed to be two Jewish restaurants in Duesseldorf and a Jewish community centre in Berlin. “The court is convinced of the credibility of the bulk of the information given by the accused,” said Presiding Judge Ottmar Breidling, saying Abdellah’s lengthy testimony was central to imposing a four-year sentence instead of a longer one. Full Story

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