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Last Updated: Monday, 5 July, 2004, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
Strasbourg suspects to face trial
Strasbourg
Four men have already been convicted over the bomb plot
Ten people are to stand trial in France over a failed plot to bomb a Christmas market in Strasbourg in 2000, judicial sources have said.

The 10 are accused of criminal association related to a terror group, and are expected to be tried in a Paris criminal court in October.

They face a maximum of 10 years in prison, AFP news agency reports.

French police believe they thwarted the attack on the popular market days before it was due to be carried out.

The 10 suspects are accused of helping to plan the attack on the Strasbourg market in December 2000.

Among those due to stand trial is the suspected mastermind of the attack, Algerian national Mohamed Bensakhria, who was arrested in Spain in June 2001 and later extradited to France.

French police began investigating the matter after German police arrested several suspects.

Four men were convicted in a Frankfurt court in March 2003 in connection with the plot, and were sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison.




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