Algerian faces life sentence for metro bombings

25th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - A French prosecutor on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for an Algerian extremist accused of financing bombings in the Paris metro that left eight dead and 200 injured 12 years ago.

25 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - A French prosecutor on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for an Algerian extremist accused of financing bombings in the Paris metro that left eight dead and 200 injured 12 years ago.

Rachid Ramda, 38, allegedly helped fund the attacks on three Paris metro stations in 1995, acting for Algeria's militant Armed Islamic Group (GIA).

The evidence against him includes a bank payment slip that bears his fingerprints.

Prosecutor Delphine Dewailly described Ramda as an "essential cog" in the machinery of the GIA, calling for the maximum sentence of life imprisonment with a safety period of 22 years behind bars, at the trial in Paris.

Extradited from Britain in December 2005 after a 10-year legal battle, Ramda was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a separate court on other charges related to the bombings.

Ramda denies any connection with the bombings, for which two men -- Boualem Bensaid and Ait Ali Belkacem -- are currently serving life sentences.

A verdict is expected in the coming weeks.

AFP

Subject: French news

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