The trial, which could last two years, had a tense beginning Wednesday when one of the defendants refused to stand for the judge, saying, 'I only stand up for Allah.'
The trial of four men accused of plotting a 9/11-style terrorist attack against American targets in Germany in 2007 began Wednesday in Düsseldorf.
The men – two Germans and two Turkish nationals – face charges of belonging to a terrorist group and conspiracy to commit murder. They face jail terms from 10 years to life.
Fritz Gelowicz, Daniel Schneider, Atilla Selek, and Adem Yilmaz were arrested two years ago (see original story here) in the sleepy hamlet of Oberschledorn in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia after months under the surveillance of the German Security Service, which was tipped off to the plot by American intelligence agencies. At the time of arrest, authorities say the men were in possession of a large cache of detonators and 12 barrels of hydrogen peroxide.