A Tunisian court has sentenced 14 Islamists to prison terms of between two and 17 years for threatening state security, according to a verdict published Saturday.
Eight of the defendants had been held since August 1998, including two who have been on a hunger strike for more than 80 days. The other six are at large and were sentenced in absentia.
Abdellatif Bouhjila, on hunger strike since August 28, received the heaviest sentence of 17 years in prison.
The defendants were accused of forming a religious organization, Ansar, and of having links with Iran -- TUNIS (AFP)
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