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Prominent Islamic extremist goes on trial in Germany

Associated Press Associated Press 6/09/2016
FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau, who is going on trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, delivers a speach during a rally in Hamburg, northern Germany. Federal prosecutors say Lau is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo German Islamic extremist Sven Lau, who is going on trial Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, delivers a speach during a rally in Hamburg, northern Germany. Federal prosecutors say Lau is suspected of supporting the group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN — A well-known German convert to Islam who once tried to establish Sharia law in a city neighborhood is going on trial on allegations he supported a foreign terror organization.

Federal prosecutors say Sven Lau is suspected of supporting The Army of Emigrants and Partisans, known as JAMWA, by acting as the contact for extremists wanting to fight for the group in Syria, the German news agency dpa reported.

The 35-year-old is also suspected of providing financial and material support to the group.

Lau goes on trial Tuesday at a high security court in the western city of Duesseldorf.

Lau first made headlines in 2014 when he attempted to establish a "Sharia police" in the city of Wuppertal to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.

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