Stiff sentences at terror trial
Court in Brussels has sentenced five members of an Islamic terror cell
A court in Brussels has sentenced five members of an Islamic terror cell that was responsible for sending a Belgian woman to carry out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
Prison sentences of between 8 months and 10 years were handed out the members of the group that sent Muriel Degauque to the Middle East in 2005.
The court ruled that the men were members of a terrorist organisation.
The role played by the five in aiding and abetting Muriel Degauque formed an important plank in the case against them.
On 9 November 2005, Ms Degauque became the first Western woman ever to carry out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
A day later her husband was killed by American troops while he was allegedly wearing a suicide belt.
The stiffest sentence was given to the group's ring leader Bilal Soughir. He was given the maximum sentence of ten years in gaol.
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