German prosecutors file terror charges against 8

BERLIN—German prosecutors say they have charged eight people with supporting al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations by allegedly spreading propaganda on the Internet.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the group, made up of German and Turkish nationals, were members of the German section of the Global Islamic Media Front. They said that was founded by a man who was sentenced to prison in Austria in 2008.

The eight face charges of supporting al-Qaida, al-Qaida in Iraq and Ansar al-Islam, and membership in a criminal organization. Four of them also are accused of trying to recruit members or supporters of al-Qaida in Iraq.

The alleged offenses were committed between August 2006 and March 2008.

The charges were filed in a Munich court on Sept. 22.

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