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Germany charges 3 for Iraq PM plot

By CNN Correspondent Chris Burns

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Allawi was in Berlin at the time of the alleged plot.

BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Three suspects have been charged in Germany over an alleged December 2004 plot to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi during a visit to the country.

The three were identified as a ringleader and two suspected members of Ansar Al Islam, a Kurdish militant group that has largely been overshadowed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq.

Their names were listed as Ata A. R., 31, of Stuttgart, Mazen A.H., 23, of Augsburg, and Rafik M.Y., 31, of Berlin. The prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe did not elaborate on their names in a statement Tuesday.

The three plotted to kill Allawi at a Deutsche Bank reception in Berlin on December 3 last year, the prosecutor's office said. Police foiled the plot by arresting them that morning.

All three, who were charged last Thursday by German federal prosecutors, were also accused of providing logistical support, collecting and sending funds, to Ansar Al Islam, the statement said.

Ata R. and Rafik M.Y. also sought to recruit suicide bombers for Iraq, the statement said.

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