Belgium prosecutes Al Qaeda suspects

7th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

Nine suspected members of the terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda are to stand trial in Belgium.

The defendants face charges in connection with plans to attack the Brussels metro.

One of the accused is the widow of the Afghan opposition leader, Ahmed Shah Massood.

Massood was killed just days before the 11 September attacks in the United States.

Massood's widow is still in detention, as is one of the other defendants.

Seven others have been released.

The ring leaders risk twenty years in gaol. The others face sentences of up to ten years.

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