Germans release Iraqi Kurd terrorist after four years (DPA)

An Iraqi Kurd convicted on a terrorism charge after his arrest in 2003 has been released early on parole after assisting police in other terrorism cases, a German judge said Tuesday. The man has been named only as Lokman M, aged 33, and is reported to be the first member of a foreign terrorist organization to be convicted in Germany. Arrested in December 2003, he was sentenced to seven years in January 2006 by a Munich court for membership of the Ansar Al Islam group, which is based in northern Iraq along the border with Iran. Lokman M was convicted under a law that was passed in August 2002, following the September 11 attacks the previous year.