BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Wednesday, 13 December, 2000, 03:25 GMT
France sentences muslim "terrorists"

A court in France has sentenced an Algerian islamic militant to four years in prison after he was found guilty of heading a terrorist network.

Omar Saiki, was one of more than twenty Algerians arrested in the weeks leading up to the 1998 Football World Cup finals but the only one to be convicted of terrorist activities.

The French authorities had maintained that those arrested were members of an islamic guerilla group who'd planned attacks in France during the four week event.

Human rights activists have accused the French authorities of exaggerating the potential threat to the tournament. Seven others were found guilty of association with a terrorist group while the rest were aquitted.

Correspondents said none of those convicted will go to prison as they have already served their sentences in pre-trial detention.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories