Strasbourg bomb plot suspects tried in Paris

6th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 6 (AFP) - The trial opened in Paris Wednesday of 10 suspected Islamic militants accused of taking part in a conspiracy to blow up the Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg in December 2000.

PARIS, Oct 6 (AFP) - The trial opened in Paris Wednesday of 10 suspected Islamic militants accused of taking part in a conspiracy to blow up the Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg in December 2000.  

Aged between 29 and 55, the men - who are mostly of North African origin - are charged with "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise," and face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.  

The suspected ring-leader of the group, Mohamed Bensakhria, was arrested in Alicante, Spain, in June 2001 and extradited to France.  

The alleged plot was uncovered by German police who discovered bomb-making materials in a search of two apartments in the city of Frankfurt. Four men were given jail terms in Germany last year for their role in the affair.

 

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