Spanish court convicts four, frees 10 in terror trial

May 12, 2009 16:56


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A Spanish court has convicted four men of terrorism offenses in connection with recruiting suicide attackers for Iraq, but has acquitted 10 others for lack of evidence. A National Court ruling Tuesday says Algerian Kamal Ahbar and Moroccan Samir Tahtah were each sentenced to nine years in prison for membership of a terrorist organization. Another Moroccan, Mohamed el Idrissi, was sentenced to five years for collaborating with a terrorist group while Spaniard Tarek Hamed Hamu was given two years for falsifying documents. Prosecutors argued that all 14 belonged to a cell that tried to recruit jihad fighters for the Iraq war. They were also accused of helping several suspects in the March 11, 2004, Madrid bombings to flee.

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