Lebanese court convicts 11 men of al-Qaida links

Lebanese court convicts

October 24, 2009 18:03

A Lebanese court convicted 11 men of having links to al-Qaida and carrying out terrorist acts, and sentenced them to life in prison, a court official said Saturday. The men - six Palestinians, three Lebanese and two Syrians - were tried in absentia since they are still on the run, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The men were convicted Friday of transporting fighters from Lebanon into Iraq and from Syria into Lebanon to carry out attacks, said the official. They were also found guilty of forming an armed gang with the intent to carry out terror attacks, forging government documents and giving shelter to wanted people.

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