Lebanon Opens Case against Twenty-Nine Alleged 'Bin Laden Followers'

Published June 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Twenty-nine alleged followers of the Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, went on trial in Lebanon Friday on charges of planning terrorist attacks in Jordan, reported The Associated Press.  

The trial coincides with one of 28 terror 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.  

In Lebanon, only nine of the suspects appeared in the military court. The nine pleaded innocent, after which the court quickly adjourned until June 30th at defense counsel's request, said AP.  

The other suspects are being tried in absentia.  

The suspects are accused of conspiring to carry out terrorist acts and possessing weapons and detonators with the intent to use them in the attacks.  

The charge sheet also alleged the group was involved in circulating counterfeit money and forging passports, said the agency.  

The indictment said the accused were followers of bin Laden, the Saudi-born millionaire wanted for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The bombings killed 244 people. Bin Laden is thought to be in hiding in Afghanistan.  

Those charged included Egyptians, Syrians and Lebanese, according to AP - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

You may also like