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Prominent Islamist Extremist Goes on Trial in Germany

FILE - Islamist preacher Sven Lau delivers a speech during a pro-Islam demonstration in Cologne, Germany, June 9, 2012.

A well-known German convert to Islam who once tried to establish Sharia law in a city neighborhood is going on trial on allegations he supported a foreign terror organization.

Federal prosecutors say Sven Lau is suspected of supporting The Army of Emigrants and Partisans, known as JAMWA, by acting as the contact for extremists wanting to fight for the group in Syria, the German news agency dpa reported.

The 35-year-old is also suspected of providing financial and material support to the group.

Lau goes on trial Tuesday at a high security court in the western city of Duesseldorf.

Lau first made headlines in 2014 when he attempted to establish a "Sharia police'' in the city of Wuppertal to enforce a strict interpretation of Islam.