02/04/2003

Al Qaeda suspects jailed for 11 years

Two Al Qaeda suspects arrested in Bradford last year have both been sentenced to 11 years.

At Leicester Crown Court yesterday, the pair, Brahim Benmerzouga, 31, and Baghdad Meziane, 38, were found guilty of raising funds, recruiting and supplying activists loyal to Osama bin Laden.

In sentencing the men, Mr Justice Curtis recommended that they serve the full terms and be deported after the completion of their sentences.

Benmerzouga and Meziane were found to have stolen credit cards and raising around £200,000 for Al Qaeda activists.

(GMcG)

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