Five big German terror trials

A round up of ongoing Muslim terror trials in Germany…

‘Stealing for Jihad’

A group of eight men between the ages of 24 and 36 are on trial in Cologne for allegedly breaking into churches, schools and other facilities and stealing more than 19,000 euros ($21,000). The men wanted to fund individuals who were “fighting people with faiths different from their Salafist beliefs [to] overthrow the government in Damascus and replace it with an Islamist theocracy,” according to the court. Or, as the judge put it succinctly: they were “stealing for Jihad.”

One of the accused was identified by the prosecution as a radical in a YouTube video. In the clip, the prosecution says, the suspect is seen condemning Muslims that “sit among the infidels” doing nothing while the Muslim community suffers as “dirty hypocrites.” The men were arrested after a police raid in November 2014. The trial began in October 2015 and is ongoing.