Algeria sentences UK ricin plot leader to 10 years

[JURIST] An Algerian court Wednesday sentenced Mohamed Meguerba [BBC profile] to 10 years in prison for masterminding an al-Qaeda plot to execute a bio-terror attack on London using ricin [BBC backgrounder] and other agents. Meguerba, an Algerian native, skipped bail in Britain in 2002 and was rearrested in Algeria later that year. Information he gave Algerian interrogators was crucial to the capture and conviction in Britain of another Algerian, Kamel Bourgass, accused of being the leader of the group [London Metropolitan Police Service press release] and found guilty in April this year [JURIST report] of plotting to "use poisons or explosives to cause disruption, injury or fear" and jailed for 17 years. Reuters has more.

 

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