Morocco sentences terrorist mastermind to life in prison

Morocco on Tuesday sentenced the leader of a terrorist network in the country to life in prison for his role in terror attacks, holdups in Europe, large-scale money-laundering projects and weapons trafficking. Abdelkader Belliraj, a 51-year-old dual Moroccan-Belgian national, had faced the death penalty. He maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings. He was charged along with 34 co-defendents. In addition to the charges he was tried on, officials said they suspect Belliraj of having taken part in several murders in Belgium, a massive robbery in Luxembourg, combat training in Iran or Lebanon and meeting with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan a few days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.