Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Amnesty warns of 'horrific' violence in Cameroon's anglophone regions

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Maduro: Let them eat steak

Read more

THE DEBATE

Syria: Russia and Israel seek to avoid spiral over plane downing

Read more

FOCUS

Mexico's seaweed invasion: Disaster or opportunity?

Read more

ENCORE!

Joaquin Phoenix: 'Jacques Audiard is unique, even among French directors'

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Should supermodels' catwalk strut be protected by copyright?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Child development: Inside a child's incredible brain

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US hits China with trade tariffs on $200bn of goods

Read more

Africa

Al Qaeda-linked kidnapper sentenced to 12 years in jail

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2010-07-21

A Mauritanian judge handed down a 12-year jail sentence to a Malian national on Wednesday for abducting three Spanish aid workers in November 2009 and handing them over to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Two of the Spaniards are still being held.

AFP - A Mauritanian court on Wednesday sentenced a Malian national to 12 years in prison for kidnapping three Spanish aid workers and handing them over to Al-Qaeda.

Omar Sid'Ahmed Ould Hamma, who was arrested in February by Mauritanian security forces, was the ringleader of a gang of kidnappers who abducted the Spaniards the previous November.

The court in Nouakchott also sentenced an elderly Mauritanian shepherd to a one-year suspended sentence and acquitted four others.

Two of the Spaniards kidnapped on November 29 last year are still being held by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which prosecutors said paid Hamma and others to hand them over.

The Al Qaeda militants have demanded payment of several million dollars in ransom and the release of Islamist prisoners held in Mauritania, which along with neighbouring desert states Mali and Niger has witnessed a rise in terrorism-related kidnappings of westerners.

The 12-year sentence handed down to Hamma will include hard labour and the confiscation of all his assets.

 

Date created : 2010-07-21

  • MAURITANIA

    Accused tourist killers say they are 'al Qaeda soldiers'

    Read more

  • MAURITANIA

    Prosecutor calls for death sentences in al Qaeda murder trial

    Read more

  • MAURITANIA

    Al Qaeda-affiliated tourist killers sentenced to death

    Read more

COMMENT(S)