Syrian-born arms dealer gets 30 years in prison in US

February 24, 2009 23:51

A Syrian-born arms dealer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to sell weapons. Monzer al-Kassar was sentenced Tuesday in New York City after being convicted in November of conspiring to sell millions of dollars of weapons to Colombian militants in 2007. The 62-year-old Al-Kassar was acquitted in Spain of supplying assault rifles used by Palestinian militants in the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. The hijackers killed 69-year-old New Yorker Leon Klinghoffer, dumping his body and wheelchair overboard.

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