UK Cleric sentenced to life in absentia in Lebanon

November 13, 2010 02:39

BEIRUT — A Lebanese military court on Friday convicted a radical Muslim cleric of terrorism charges and sentenced him in absentia to life in prison, judicial officials said.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, who holds Syrian and Lebanese citizenship, lived in Britain for 20 years where he headed the now-disbanded radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun. He left Britain for Lebanon in 2005 and the British government barred him from returning.Lebanese officials said Bakri was among 54 people sentenced Friday as part of ongoing trials of militants who fought deadly clashes with the Lebanese army in 2007. Bakri was convicted of "belonging to an armed group with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts and plotting to kill Lebanese soldiers."

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