Germany sentences 10 people for supporting outlawed Turkish communist group

A German regional court on Tuesday sentenced 10 people to prison for supporting a communist group outlawed in Turkey, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

The Munich Higher Regional Court sentenced nine men and one woman for collecting money, organising meetings and recruiting members for the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML), while knowing the organisation was plotting a coup in Turkey, it said.

Group members were also found guilty of carrying out attacks with the intention of killing, which led to the death of six people, including children, according to AFP news agency.

The TKP/ML is a Maoist insurgent group founded in the 1970s that actively fights against the government and is designated a terrorist organisation by Ankara.

The group is not banned in Germany, but monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The main defendant in the case, Müslüm Elma, was charged with being the ringleader of a foreign terrorist organisation and received a six-and-a-half-year jail term while the remaining nine defendants received prison sentences ranging from two-years-and-nine-months to five years, DW said.