Wednesday, March 29, 2006

France - Paris Muslim bomber jailed

Ten years later.

In 1993 he was sentenced to death in absentia in Algeria over an attack on Algiers airport that left 9 dead and 123 wounded.

Dominique de Villepin, the French Prime Minister, had earlier lobbied Mr Blair for a speedy resolution to the saga in their first meeting after the July 7 bombings in London.

"Can you imagine how the British would react if France caught the alleged moneyman behind the July 7 bombings, and ten years later he was still fighting extradition?" said a former senior officer with the General Directorate for External Security, France's foreign intelligence service.

The Metro bombings were carried out between July and November 1995, killing 8 and injuring 170. The bombs consisted of explosives and nails.

Pretty pissed off I'd imagine.

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