Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Greece threatens top court action to block Grexit'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The NSA’s other business'

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Croatia: The new kids of the bloc (part 2)

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Croatia: The new kids of the bloc (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Countdown to Grexit: Will Greek crisis trigger unwinding of the euro? (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Countdown to Grexit: Will Greek crisis trigger unwinding of the euro? (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed in police raid in N'Djamena

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Is Alexis Tsipras playing with fire?

Read more

FOCUS

Chimpanzees suffer collateral damage from increased poaching

Read more

Africa

Al Qaeda-affiliated tourist killers sentenced to death

Video by Laurent Prieur

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-25

A Mauritanian court has sentenced three men to death for the murder of four French tourists in 2007. At the trial's opening on Sunday the defendants claimed to be "soldiers of al Qaeda".

REUTERS - A Mauritanian court sentenced three suspected members of Al Qaeda's north African wing to death on Tuesday for the December 2007 killings of four French
tourists, lawyers said.

As Mauritania has not applied the death sentence since the 1980s, the ruling means it is likely to be commuted to a lengthy jail term on appeal.
 
The three men -- Sidi Ould Sidna, Mohamed Ould Chabarnou, and Maarouf Ould Haiba -- were accused of shooting five French tourists in the town of Aleg in December 2007, killing four and seriously injuring one.

Lawyers at the trial in the capital Nouakchott confirmed their sentences to reporters outside the courtroom but gave no other details.

"This ruling is completely unjust. The case found no tangible evidence at all," said Mohamed Ould Haiba, the father of one of the convicted, confirming plans for an appeal.
 
The three were on trial alongside 16 other al Qaeda suspects as part of efforts by the governments of Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger to counter a wave of recent desert kidnappings of foreigners claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

Date created : 2010-05-25

  • MAURITANIA

    Accused tourist killers say they are 'al Qaeda soldiers'

    Read more

  • MAURITANIA

    Man linked to al Qaeda murders of French tourists gets six years

    Read more

COMMENT(S)