ANKARA, Turkey — Two Libyans accused of attempting to bomb a U.S. officers club in Ankara three days after the U.S. air raid on Libya were each sentenced to five years in prison by a Turkish state security court Friday.
Ali Ejefli Ramadan and Rajab Muhtar Tarhuni, both 31, were acquitted of forming an armed gang to commit murder but found guilty of possessing explosives.
They were also sentenced to internal exile of 20 months in separate towns in western Turkey after their jail terms and were also fined $110 each, Presiding Judge Ekrem Celenk announced.
The two men were arrested in Ankara on the night of April 18, three days after the United States raided Tripoli and Benghazi in response to the bombing of a West Berlin disco, in which an American servicemen and a Turkish woman were killed. The two men were found carrying a bag full of Soviet-made fragmentation grenades near the U.S. officers club, then packed with wedding party guests, the prosecution's indictment said.