A 27-year-old man went on trial in Berlin on Monday accused of membership of the German Taliban Mujahideen (DTM) organization, Reuters reported.
Sinan A. is believed to have travelled to the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan in September 2009, where he is suspected to have joined the organisation and fought against NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers.
According to judge and Tiergarten District Court’s spokeswoman Lisa Jani, although the defendant’s suspected actions happened outside of Germany, German law states that he can still be prosecuted for them at home, reported Reuters.
“The defendant is accused of having been a member of a terrorist organisation, the ‘German Taliban Mujahideen.’ According to the charges, he travelled to the Afghan-Pakistani border region in September 2009 where he joined the German Taliban Mujahideen.
This organisation’s goal is said to be Afghanistan’s liberation from foreign forces to set up a society based on Islamic law.”
Sinan A. was arrested in December at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, returning from Pakistan. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.
“This only happened abroad, but the law says that Germans who join organizations with a terrorist background abroad can be prosecuted here too.”
“The defendant is believed to have received weapons and explosives training as well as in espionage. He is also said to have participated in a propaganda video for DTM.”