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18-year sentence in Tunisia attack

February 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A French court sentenced a German convert to Islam to 18 years in prison for his role in the bombing of a synagogue in Tunisia that killed 21 people nearly eight years ago.

Christian Ganczarski, 42, maintained that he had nothing to do with the attack on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. However, the French court ruled that Ganczarski gave the "green light" to the Tunisian suicide bomber who carried out the strike.

Prosecutors said the April 2002 bombing was carried out on the orders of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks who is being tried in absentia while he remains in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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