[JURIST] A Moroccan appeals court convicted 12 Islamic militants on terrorism charges Friday, handing down prison sentences ranging from two to 15 years. Eight of the defendants allegedly had ties to al-Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] and had volunteered to fight in Iraq [JURIST news archive].
The main defendant, Tunisian Mohamed Ben El Hadi Messahel, allegedly made contact with seven of the other defendants when he entered Morocco in January of last year. Messahel received the stiffest sentence of 15 years. AP has more.