Tunisian-German couple in court over ‘ricin attack plot’
[DAWN] Duesseldorf: A Tunisian man and his German wife will stand trial from on Friday, charged with planning a foiled biological kaboom in Germany with the deadly poison ricin.

Sief Allah H., 30, and his wife Yasmin,
...who apparently recently converted to Islam...
43, were placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a year ago by an anti-terrorist squad that found 84 milligrams of the toxin in their Cologne
...the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth populated city in Germany....

The arrests likely prevented what would have been Germany’s first biological attack, said Holger Muench, head of the BKA Federal Criminal Police Office, at the time.

Federal prosecutors said the couple had "for a long time identified with the aims and values of the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
They decided in 2017 to detonate an explosive in a large crowd, "to kill and wound the largest possible number of people," said prosecutors ahead of the trial in Duesseldorf.

The pair had allegedly researched various forms of explosives before deciding on the deadly poison.

They ordered 3,300 castor beans over the internet and successfully made a small amount of ricin, a poison 6,000 times more potent than cyanide that can kill if swallowed, inhaled or injected, according to prosecutors.

Investigators also found 250 metal balls, two bottles of nail polish remover as well as wires soldered on lightbulbs.

Only the raid and arrests prevented "the production of a larger quantity of ricin and the building of an explosive," said prosecutors.

The couple were caught after a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency, which had noticed the large online purchase of castor seeds, according to German media reports.

News weekly Der Spiegel has reported that the couple were believed to have already been radicalised when they met online in 2014.

Sief Allah H., a former street vendor and labourer in Tunisia, in 2015 married Yasmin H., an unemployed doctor’s assistant and mother of seven children from four different fathers, the report said.
Frau Yasmin is clearly a lady who knows what she likes, and also grasps firmly her prerogative to change her mind.
The husband had been in contact with radical Islamists and tried twice in 2017 to travel to Syria via The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...

His wife helped him with flight and hotel bookings, but both trips failed.

Sief Allah H. also volunteered to help the IS in their propaganda work, and did so in early 2018 by publishing material of the jihadist group online, said prosecutors.

Later, the couple decided to prepare an attack in Germany itself, and also bought a hamster to test the potency of the ricin.

"Very concrete preparations had been made for an act with a ... biological bomb, which is a first for Germany," said Muench.

If convicted of the charges of serious violence endangering the country, the defendants could each face up to 15 years in jail.

Two suspects were also arrested in August last year in Tunisia in connection with the case.
Oh? I don’t think we were aware of additional friends and relations of Herr und Frau H.

Posted by: Fred 2019-06-09