Four jailed for Paris match bomb plot

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 19 (AFP) - A Paris court on Wednesday sentenced four Muslim extremists to prison terms of between 30 months and six years for allegedly planning to bomb a football match between France and Algeria in 2001, but acquitted a fifth man.

PARIS, Nov 19 (AFP) - A Paris court on Wednesday sentenced four Muslim extremists to prison terms of between 30 months and six years for allegedly planning to bomb a football match between France and Algeria in 2001, but acquitted a fifth man.

Algerian national Abderrahmane Chenine, 35, who according to the prosecution has ties to Algerian extremists, was sentenced to six years in prison, while his brother Rabieh, 29, and their brother-in-law, Frenchman Nacim Rebani, 32, were given five years each.

Algerian Charef Betterki, 33, was jailed for 30 months, but Nacer Mamache, 42, was freed.

Rebani was also stripped of his civic rights for seven years. The Chenine brothers will ultimately be expelled from French territory.

They had been arrested a day before the October 6, 2001 football match on suspicion of preparing a bomb attack.

In an apartment rented by Rebani in a Paris suburb and made available to Abderrahmane Chenine, a mathematics teacher in a suburban highschool, police found documents of Algeria's hardline Salafist Group for Preaching as well as books on how to make bombs, ammunition and weapons.

© AFP

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