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Accused leader of Kurdish party in Germany goes on trial

A man accused of being the former ringleader of the German wing of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party, the PKK, has gone on trial in Dusseldorf.

In this Nov. 12, 2007 picture, Kurdish demonstrators are silhouetted by a Kurdistan Workers' Party flag during a protest in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

The EU considers the PKK as a terrorist group

If the 48-year-old man, Huysein A., is convicted, he faces up to five years in jail.

Huysein A. was arrested in the western German city of Detmold in July last year. He is accused of being the top man in Germany for the illegal Kurdish party - which the EU recognises as a terrorist organization - up until April 2008.

In addition, he is suspected of having threatened to have used death threats to force a 21 year old Kurdish woman to have an abortion.

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