The German Federal Prosecutor has early this morning ordered the arrest of four suspected members of Jabhat al-Nusra. The men, between the ages of 39 and 51 years old, have been apprehended by police officers in Hamburg, Lübeck and Seevetal. The houses of the suspects were searched. According to German broadcaster NDR 1, one 44-year-old Sultan K. was arrested in the Bullenhaus district of Seevetal. Three of the detainees are brothers, whether the fourth was in anyway related was denied nor confirmed. Since when they have been in Germany and how they came there has not been revealed.

The Federal Prosecutor did announce that:

Mustafa K., Abdullad K., Sultan K. und Ahmed K. are strongly suspected of having violated the law against weapons and materials of war [Ausführungsgesetz zu Artikel 26 Abs. 2 des Grundgesetzes (Gesetz über die Kontrolle von Kriegswaffen)] as members of the foreign terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra.

Mustafa K. and Sultan K. are also suspected of having committed war crimes.

The four men are said to have joined Jabhat al-Nusra in November 2012 and to have participated as members of this organisation in expelling supporters of the Assad-regime from the Northern Syrian city Ra’s al-‘Ain. The suspects are also accused of plundering in the city. Investigative authorities further informed the public that:

Above all else, it was the objective of Jabhat al-Nusra to occupy the North-Eastern part of the city, which is mainly inhabited by Kurds. Against this background, Sultan K. and Abdullah K. engaged in fighting with Kurdish defence groups (YPG) for Jabhat al-Nusra.

The accused will be lead in front of a magistrate of the Federal Court on Tuesday, who will decide on the arrest warrant and a continuation of the trial.