Islamist radicals jailed

TUNIS - A Tunisian court yesterday sentenced 18 suspected Islamist radicals to up to 24 years in prison after finding them guilty of plotting terrorist attacks, lawyers and judicial sources said.

TUNIS - A Tunisian court yesterday sentenced 18 suspected Islamist radicals to up to 24 years in prison after finding them guilty of plotting terrorist attacks, lawyers and judicial sources said.

The appeals court rejected defence lawyers' arguments that the men were singled out because of their religious fervour and had no chance of a fair trial because the Tunisian judiciary was not independent and confessions were obtained through torture.

The men had been accused of travelling to Algeria for illegal military training and convicted earlier of plotting attacks. - Reuter

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