Lebanon Court Sentences Alleged Bin Laden Followers up to Five Years

Published July 1st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Eight alleged followers of Islamic militant, Osama bin Laden, were convicted Friday on charges that included planning terrorist attacks. They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from two weeks to five years, reported The Associated Press.  

The Lebanese military court acquitted three suspects and sentenced two more in absentia, one to 15 years and another to one year, said the agency.  

The suspects were accused of conspiring to carry out terrorist acts and possessing weapons and detonators with the intent to use them. Charges also included involvement in circulating counterfeit money and forging passports.  

The trial began June 16th and all the suspects who appeared in court pleaded innocence.  

The Military Tribunal, whose rulings cannot be appealed, issued the sentences after four hours of deliberations Friday.  

The trial in Beirut coincided with one of 28 suspects in Jordan who are alleged to belong to a group associated with bin Laden. They are charged with planning to attack US and Israeli tourists during New Year's celebrations in Jordan, said the AP - Albawaba.com 

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