Verdict in Strasbourg bomb plot due in December

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 26 (AFP) - A Paris court will give its verdict next month on a group of 10 suspected Islamic militants accused of taking part in a conspiracy to blow up a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in 2000.

PARIS, Nov 26 (AFP) - A Paris court will give its verdict next month on a group of 10 suspected Islamic militants accused of taking part in a conspiracy to blow up a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in 2000.

The trial ended Friday with speeches by defence lawyers who insisted on the lack of evidence against the defendants - mostly of north African origin - who were arrested following a probe by German police.

A lawyer for one of the defendants, Slimane Khalfaoui, complained that her client had not been given an opportunity to express himself before the court.

Prosecutor Christophe Teissier last week asked for the maximum 10-year jail terms for Khalfaoui, Mohamed Bensakhria and Rabah Kadri, who were allegedly directly involved in the plot.

Teissier asked for terms between two and eight years for the other seven defendants, charged with "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise."

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.

The Paris court is to hand down its verdict on December 16.

© AFP

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