Conviction of would-be Allawi assassins appealed

Three Iraqis who plotted to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi during a 2004 visit to Germany are appealing their convictions. The state court says Tuesday the defense is appealing the July 15 conviction of the trio on charges of attempted participation in murder and membership in terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam. Prosecutors say ringleader Ata Abdoulaziz Rashid, Rafik Mohamad Yousef and Mazen Ali Hussein planned to attack Allawi at a business forum at a bank in downtown Berlin. A few weeks earlier, Ansar al-Islam had called for Allawi to be killed.