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German man charged with spying for Jordan

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they’ve charged a 33-year-old German man with spying on a mosque for Jordan.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that Alexander B., whose last name wasn’t given in line with German privacy rules, is accused of working with Jordanian intelligence services between March 2016 and May 2018.

The man, who was arrested in August, is alleged to have spied on the DIK mosque in the central city of Hildesheim to gather information on people he suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic militant groups or who had already traveled there.

Prosecutors say he passed along information on multiple people, primarily German citizens.

German authorities banned the organization that ran the mosque in March 2017. They long considered the DIK group to be a magnet for radicals.

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