Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, al Qaeda cell leader, has been sentenced by Spanish court to spend 27 yeas in jail in connection to the 9/11 attacks. He
was given 15 years for conspiracy in the attacks and 12 years for being a leader of a terrorist group.
Yarkas, the 42 year old who is also known as Abu Dahdah, was cleared of being an accomplice to murder in connection with the attacks. Had he been
convicted of those charges he would of been facing 75,000 years in prison -- 25 years for each of the nearly 3,000 deaths in the 9/11 attacks.
MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A suspected al Qaeda cell leader has been convicted in a Madrid court in connection with the September 11 terrorist attacks
and sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Two other suspected al Qaeda members were acquitted of charges they helped plot the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, the accused cell leader, was sentenced to 15 years on charges of conspiracy in the attacks and 12 years for being a leader
of a terrorist group.
The court cleared him of being an accomplice to murder in connection with the attacks. Yarkas, 42, faced nearly 75,000 years in prison if convicted on
those charges -- 25 years for each of the nearly 3,000 fatalities in the 9/11 attacks.
The Spanish court also found al Jazeera television reporter Taysir Alony guilty of collaboration with al Qaeda and sentenced him to seven years in
jail. Alony was not charged in connection with 9/11.
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It is good to hear that members of al Qaeda are going through the judicial system and being sentenced to prison. It is too bad that Yarkas and others
were cleared on more serious charges.
Eighteen of the accused were convicted of crimes, and were handed sentences ranging from six to 27 years in prison. All of them were cleared of the
actual murders of 2,973 people on September 11, 2005.
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[edit on 2-10-2005 by DJDOHBOY]