French court sentences 4 men for recruiting Islamists to fight in Iraq

Other News Materials 6 November 2008 22:01 (UTC +04:00)

A French court has sentenced four men of North African origin to prison terms for taking part in a network that recruited Islamists in southern France to join the war in Iraq, the Associated Press reported.

The court sentenced Hamid Bach, a 38-year-old Moroccan, to six years in jail for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise. Police who arrested him in June 2005 found Islamist literature, chemical substances and lists of contacts at his home in the city of Montpellier.

Bach told investigators that he supported a jihad, or holy war, but he did not confirm allegations that he planned an attack on European soil.

Two other Moroccans and one Franco-Algerian also were convicted of the same charges. They were sentenced to between two and four years in jail.