Seven men and a woman are on trial in Munich, charged with inciting terrorism by posting videos of bombings and decapitations.
German federal prosecutors claim the accused are members of a group called the Global Islamic Media Front and published German translations of al-Qaida propaganda as well as their own jihadist material on the Internet between August 2006 and March 2008.
A prosecutor cited the recent murders of U.S. Air Force personnel at the Frankfurt airport by an alleged Muslim terrorist who was suspected of having been radicalized at least in part via the Internet. "We see Islamist Internet propaganda as the most dangerous tool currently in the hands of Jihadi international terrorism," said prosecutor Michael Burns, "and that's why we want to set a clear line in the sand."
The defendants face a maximum of 15 years in prison and the trial is expected to last through May 19. Four other people have entered guilty pleas to related charges.