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Germany: Syrian Man Attempted to Defraud Islamic State of Terror Cash

Police officers secure an area in the centre of Luebeck, northern Germany, where G7 foreign ministers will be received on April 14, 2015. The foreign ministers meet to discuss key global political and security issues ahead of a G7 summit to take place in June 2015 in southern Germany. The …
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BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has rejected an appeal by a Syrian man convicted of attempted fraud for seeking 180,000 euros ($222,000) from someone he thought belonged to the Islamic State group while claiming he planned car-bomb attacks.

The man was originally charged with attempted participation in murder. But he said he only wanted to tap IS for money and never intended an attack, and a court in Saarbruecken convicted him last year of attempted fraud.

The Federal Court of Justice rejected Wednesday his appeal of the conviction and two-year sentence.

The supposed IS contact turned out to be a Syrian opposition supporter who had accessed the chat account of a recently killed IS member and was trying to locate and denounce as many members of the group as possible.

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