Abdulhadi B. arrived in Germany from Syria in 2012 after being granted a student visa. He is accused of planning an attack on a synagogue in Berlin, and for attempting to coerce his girlfriend’s son into becoming a child soldier.
Abdulhadi, who is a medical student studying in Würzburg, also faces charges of being a supporter of Daesh, which were issued by the Higher Regional Court of Munich on Tuesday.
According to the prosecution, 30-year-old Abdulhadi forced his girlfriend’s son to watch videos “showing how other children fought for ISIS and killed people.” The goal was to make the child receptive to Daesh’s ideology and to compel him to join it as a fighter. To further brainwash the child, he beat him with a wooden stick across the stomach.
In prepoaration for the attack on the synagogue, the accused had downloaded bomb-making instructions from the Internet, which were found on his computer by investigators.