Prosecution demand six years for teenage jihadist who stabbed a policewoman in the throat
The woman nearly died after the assault by Safia S., 16, who has Moroccan parents. She was convicted this week of attempted murder and of supporting a foreign terrorist organisation.
A second suspect, her friend identified as 19-year-old German-Syrian national Mohamad Hasan K., was charged with failing to report the planned assault which left the police officer fighting for her life.
Prosecutors are demanding three years behind bars for him when sentences are handed down one week today.
The scene of the crime
The attacker was ice cold
The attacker was 15 when she pulled a knife from her clothing in February last year when stopped during a routine police check at Hanover main railway station.
Police said later the teenager was "frustrated" because she could not get to Syria to fight with her Jihadist idols.
Prosecutors said at the trial – held behind closed doors because she is a minor – that she was "motivated by members of Isis in Syria to commit this act."
She was 15 when she pulled a knife from her clothing in February when stopped during a police check
Police said at the time: "As she was politely pulled to one side to confirm her identity a knife appeared lightening quick in her hand and our colleagues had little chance to defend themselves. This was an Islamic attack against our officers."
One policewoman received a huge knife wound in her throat and was only saved through an emergency operation lasting several hours. "It is a miracle that she survived at all," added the spokesman.
"The attacker was ice cold. Her only worry was that her headscarf was rumpled and she wanted to put it straight. It was nothing to her if the police officer lived or died."
Police said she was radicalised into Jihadism in Germany in November 2015 and admitted under questioning that she wanted to travel to the middle east to fight with Isis.
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Although she made it to Turkey, her mother brought her back to Germany. But Isis ordered her to carry out an "act of martyrdom" when she arrived home.
She told Mohamad K., who was already aware of her trip to Istanbul, about her plans to kill the policewoman but he did not inform on her.
Germany endured four attacks within a week in July, including two assaults claimed by Isis, provoking a furious debate about security and asylum seekers.
Prosecutors say Safia S. belonged to a network of young followers of ISIS in Hanover.