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Former footballer gets 10 years in Belgian al-Qaeda trial

A Tunisian former footballer was jailed for 10 years in a trial of 23 militants allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, for a foiled attack on a US military base around the time of the September 11 attacks. Nizar Trabelsi, who once played for German league side Fortuna Duesseldorf, was convicted of plotting an attack on the Kleine Brogel army base in northeast Belgium. He was the principal defendant in the trial held in May and June. Seventeen defendants have already received jail terms ranging between two and six years, and five have been acquitted. During the five-week case, Trabelsi, 33, admitted having plotted the attack on the base, where US troops are stationed. The accused, whose trial was held amid unprecedented security, faced charges linked to attempted terrorist attacks and the assassination of Afghan anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 2001. Full Story

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