French court sentences German to 18 years for Tunisian attack

Other News Materials 5 February 2009 23:53 (UTC +04:00)

A German national was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment by a Paris court late Thursday after being found guilty of involvement in a terrorist attack on a Tunisian holiday island seven years ago that left 21 people killed, dpa reported.

The court said it had been proved that Christian Ganczarski, of Duisburg, knew of preparations for the attack, ascribed to an al- Qaeda offshoot, on the island of Djerba. The brother of the suicide attacker was jailed for 12 years.

Ganczarski, a father of five children who converted to Islam in 1986, had denied any knowledge of the plot, insisting that earlier travels to Afghanistan had nothing to do with it. He had already been in pre-trial detention in France for five-and-a-half years.