Germany: Judge disciplines accused in terror trial

April 23, 2009 19:39

A judge ordered disciplinary measures for contempt of court against an Islamic terrorist suspect who went on trial Thursday with three co-defendants on charges of plotting attacks on American targets in Germany. Adem Yilmaz, 30, refused to stand up during the swearing-in of a translator as the trial opened Wednesday, telling the court: "I only stand up for Allah." He also refused to stand when the judges entered the courtroom on both Wednesday and Thursday. Judge Ottmar Breidling ordered two weeks' detention for Yilmaz that will be added to any possible sentence, calling his actions "provocative disrespect" of the court. Yilmaz, a Turkish citizen, is being tried along with another Turk and two Germans on charges of plotting to attack US and other targets in Germany ahead of an October 2007 vote by the German parliament on extending German troops' stay in Afghanistan.

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