Moroccan man convicted of supporting al-Qaida

September 24, 2008 18:58


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A 25-year-old Moroccan man was convicted Wednesday of helping recruit supporters for al-Qaida and smuggle them to Iraq to fight. Abdelali Miftah was sentenced in a Schleswig state court to four years in prison after being convicted of supporting a foreign terrorist organization and helping found a terrorist cell. He had faced a maximum sentence of five years. Miftah was arrested in March 2007 in Sweden and later turned over to Germany as part of an investigation into a Europe-based group of radicals aiding al-Qaida. According to prosecutors, Miftah operated as the "communications facilitator" for the group, establishing contacts with radicals and passing along instructions. He allegedly stayed in touch with other group members over the Internet.

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