BERLIN –A man accused of raising money for al-Qaida in Iraq and helping to supply foreign fighters for the insurgency there went on trial Wednesday in the northern city of Schleswig.
The 37-year-old man — identified only as Redouane E.H. in court documents–
holds German and Moroccan citizenship and lived in the northern city of Kiel. He was arrested in Hamburg in July 2006.
Prosecutors said he made four money transfers worth a total of $6,800 to Egypt
and Syria between August 2005 and July 2006. The funds, they said, were destined to supply
equipment for “holy warriors,” cover the cost of explosives training, and pay off a people smuggler.
Between May and July 2006, prosecutors said, Redouane E.H. was suspected of
helping al-Qaida in Iraq by “arranging jihad fighters from Morocco and Egypt” — supplying money and logistical support for people smuggling.
He is also accused of founding a terrorist organization in Sudan, along with four other people who were not identified.
Prosecutors said they also believe Redouane E.H. swore an oath of loyalty in
August 2005 to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, “who was authorized by Osama bin Laden to receive declarations of enlistment.”
When arrested, prosecutors said, Redouane E.H. was suspected of being in contact with Said Bahaji, who had close ties to three of the Sept. 11 pilots who lived in Hamburg, including ringleader Mohamed Atta.