A fundamentalist Muslim preacher who started a "sharia police" force in western Germany has now been charged with aiding a terrorist group in Syria, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

Sven Lau, whose religious enforcement group in the Rhineland city of Wuppertal caused national and international outrage in 2014, is accused of obtaining night-vision equipment for a Syrian jihadist group known as Jamwa, which has been linked to Isis.

He was a "point of contact for those willing to fight and travel abroad, especially from the Salafist [fundamentalist] scene in the Düsseldorf metropolitan area," a statement from federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe read.

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