Tajikistan: Court convicts 11 al-Qaida-linked men

Tajikistan's highest court has sentenced 11 members of an Islamic terror group that has been linked to al-Qaeda to up-to life in prison for a series of bomb attacks in the capital, murders of policemen and armed robberies, a judge said Tuesday. The Supreme Court found the 11 men, including two Uzbek nationals, guilty of terrorism, murder and robbery and sentenced them to terms of seven years to life, said judge Nur Nurov. He said the men were linked to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and were behind three bombing attacks outside the Emergencies Ministry in 2005 that killed two people and injured three.