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Morocco Jails 3 Al Qaeda Over Plot to Attack Ships

A Moroccan court jailed three Saudi members of al Qaeda for 10 years on Friday after they were accused of plotting to attack U.S. and British warships in the Straits of Gibraltar last year, their lawyer said on Friday. Khalil Idrissi said Casablanca’s appeal court acquitted the three of attempted sabotage and attempted homicide, but they were convicted on lesser charges. “They have been convicted of charges of criminal conspiracy, the use of false documents and illegal stay in Morocco. But we’ll lodge an appeal against the verdict soon,” Idrissi told Reuters. The court also sentenced several Moroccan accomplices to lesser terms, including three women who were jailed for six months for use of false documents and destruction of evidence, the official MAP news agency said. Authorities arrested the 10 suspects last May and June, accusing them of planning “terrorist attacks” in Morocco and on warships in the straits separating Africa from Europe, and of belonging to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. Full Story

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