Islamic extremists jailed over plots to bomb train station and kill politician
A German court has handed lengthy prison sentences to four Islamic extremists over plots to bomb a train station and kill a far-right politician.
The Duesseldorf regional court found 30-year-old Marco G, whose surname was not published in line with privacy laws, guilty of attempted murder for placing an explosive device at the main train station in the western city of Bonn in December 2012.
Although the home-made bomb was discovered and defused before it detonated, the court said the German convert to Islam deserved a life sentence due to the seriousness of the crime, the dpa news agency reported.
It ruled out his release after 15 years, the usual life term in Germany.
He and three others were also found guilty of forming a terrorist organisation and planning to kill a member of the far-right Pro NRW party who had taken part in protests against mosques during which caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed were shown.
Judges sentenced Albanian citizen Enea B, 46, German-Turkish dual national Koray D, 28, and German citizen Tayfun S, 27, to between nine-and-a-half years and 12 years in prison.
Prosecutors said the men's plan was partly fuelled by an audio message disseminated by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
They were arrested in March 2013, the night before the planned killing.
Their lawyers had asked the court to acquit them, according to dpa.