Germany Releases Terrorist From Prison Early For Good Behavior

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Germany released a convicted terrorist from prison Monday in an early release granted for good behavior.

Fritz Gelowicz confessed to leading a plot to bomb American targets in Germany in 2009 after he received training from an al-Qaida affiliate in Pakistan, reports The New York Times. The U.S. officially designates Gelowicz as a terrorist and he is on a United Nations sanctions list.

His early release from prison comes after he served about nine years of a 12-year prison sentence and was deemed eligible for release because of good behavior. Authorities determined he no longer poses a danger. The release didn’t get much attention until the terrorist’s defense lawyer, Dirk Uden, wrote about the release on his website Wednesday.

“I’m sure he will not use any violence against anybody,” Uden told The New York Times, stressing his client had expressed remorse. “That’s based on my conversations with him, his conversations with psychologists in prison and his contacts with the police.”

It’s unclear whether U.S. officials are okay with the decision to release Uden.

The release follows a string of terror attacks on German soil and renewed concerns about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to embrace more than a million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, including war-torn Syria.

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