Mauritania jails Al-Qaeda mercenary kidnapper for 12 years

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A Mauritanian court on Wednesday sentenced a Malian national to 12 years in prison for his role in kidnapping three Spanish aid workers and handing them over to Al-Qaeda.

Omar Sid'Ahmed Ould Hamma, who was arrested in February by Mauritanian security forces, was the ringleader of a gang of kidnappers who abducted the Spaniards the previous November.

The court in Nouakchott also sentenced a Mauritanian national to a one=year suspended sentence and acquitted four others.

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