Moroccan gets 10 years for role in bombing

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court on Wednesday handed down a 10-year jail sentence to the ringleader of a group that helped carry out the 2003 Casablanca bombings, killing 45 people.

PARIS, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court on Wednesday handed down a 10-year jail sentence to the ringleader of a group that helped carry out the 2003 Casablanca bombings, killing 45 people.

Mustapha Baouchi, a 32-year-old Moroccan, was among eight men on trial since June 4 on charges of criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist undertaking.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of 10 years for Baouchi, arguing that he was a dangerous individual who exercised "real authority" over members of the group.

The seven other defendants -- one Turk and the others French or Moroccans with French nationality -- were given sentences ranging from eight years to a one-year suspended sentence.

The eight were said to be members of a cell with ties to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM), believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda.

Baouchi is said to have close ties with Nourredine Nafia, alias Abou Mouad, the commander of GICM who was jailed in Morocco for the bombings that rocked Casablanca on May 16, 2003, killing 45 people including 12 suicide bombers.

Four Spaniards, three French nationals and an Italian were among the victims.

The eight men were arrested in a Paris suburb in 2004 on suspicion of being members of the French cell of GICM, which is suspected of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people.


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