A German woman related to the Islamic State jihadist organization was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison by a Düsseldorf court for her role in a terrorist operation in which 13,500 people were killed with castor poison.
The ruling almost fully meets the requirements of the public prosecutor’s office in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the trial took place, which required nine years in prison for the woman, mother of seven children and a native of Cologne.
The sentenced woman, who had recently converted to Islam, was planning the attack with her husband. Both had sworn allegiance to the terrorist organization and he had already been sentenced to ten years in prison.
According to the verdict, both took a large amount of castor beans to obtain the poison, which was condensed in the form of a “cluster bomb” that they calculated would have killed 13,500 people. However, experts consulted by the court estimate that the bomb would have killed a maximum of 200 people.
The couple were arrested in Cologne in June 2018 while working on the above-mentioned bomb, which was almost ready. It is not known exactly where they would launch the attack.