France expels imam convicted of terrorist ties

7th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 7, 2006 (AFP) - A controversial imam with a conviction for supporting terrorism was deported by France to Algeria Thursday, the interior ministry said.

PARIS, Sept 7, 2006 (AFP) - A controversial imam with a conviction for supporting terrorism was deported by France to Algeria Thursday, the interior ministry said.

Chelali Benchellali, 61, a former preacher at a mosque in the suburbs of Lyon, was put on board a flight to Algiers from Orly airport in Paris.

Benchellali was given a six-month jail term in June for his role in an underground network that was found guilty of plotting to bomb targets in Paris.

He was not imprisoned as he had already served the time in pre-trial detention.

Two of Benchellali's sons, Menad and Hafed, were also given jail terms in the June trial.

A third son, Mourad, was one of six French nationals imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay and returned by the US to France. At their trial in July the prosecutor asked for a one-year jail term for Mourad.

A verdict in that trial is due later this month.

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Subject: French news

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