Syrian court jails three for belonging to extremist Islamic groups

September 30, 2007 22:20

Syria's State Security Court on Sunday convicted two Syrians and a Jordanian of belonging to extremist Islamic groups and sentenced them to prison, a local human rights group said. The court sentenced Ali Ahmad al-Ajeel, one of the Syrians, to 12 years in jail after initially ordering him to be sentenced to death for belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria said in a statement. The other Syrian, Nidhal al-Khalidi was sentenced to six years in prison after the court found him guilty of belonging to a radical Islamic group, NOHR said. Ibraheem Mohammed al-Taher, of Jordan, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for belonging to the al-Qaida terror network, the human rights group said.

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