Milan: 3 Tunisians convicted on terrorism charges

October 7, 2006 18:24


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A judge in Milan has convicted three Tunisians on terrorism charges and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from four to six years, Italian news agencies reported Saturday. Samir Sassi and Abdelhakim Ben Said Sharif were sentenced to six years, while Ben Mohamed Mohamed Mannai was sentenced to five years and four months, the Apcom and ANSA agencies reported. A fourth man, Mohamed El Khaissi, was convicted of falsifying documents and sentenced to two years and four months in prison. The three are believed to be part of a cell with links to terrorist groups including Ansar al-Islam, an organization active in Iraq that has ties to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Police have said the cell planned attacks in Italy and abroad, and recruited fighters for Afghanistan and Iraq.

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