France Jails 25 Alleged Islamic Militants

June 14, 2006

Source: BBC News

On June 14, 2006 BBC News reported, "A French court has jailed 25 alleged Islamist militants for planning attacks in France in support of Chechen rebels. The main defendants received jail terms of eight to 10 years, while others were jailed for six months or more. Two defendants were acquitted. Prosecutors said the group's intended targets may have included the Eiffel Tower, the Halles shopping centre, police stations and Israeli interests. The group was accused of 'jihad' links with Chechen militants fighting Russia. The ringleaders of the group, most of whom came from Algeria, allegedly received training in Afghanistan or in the war-torn southern Russian republic of Chechnya. Prosecutors said the group plotted in 2001-2002 to attack targets in the French capital."