February 6, 2009

NOT EVEN A YEAR PER LIFE?:

Paris Court Finds German Guilty of Tunisian Attack (Der Spiegel, 2/06/09)

A French court on Thursday ruled that a German al-Qaida member had played a central role in the deadly 2002 suicide bombing of a Tunisian synagogue which killed 21 people. Christian Ganczarski, a 42-year-old Islamic convert who had visited Afghan and Pakistani militant camps and had met Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of being complicit in the murders and of membership of a terrorist group. He was given an 18-year sentence.

The attack, which was claimed by al-Qaida, targeted the historic Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, a magnet for tourists. Suicide bomber Nizar Naouar slammed into the building in a fuel tanker laden with explosives. In total, 14 German tourists, five Tunisians and two French nationals were killed and many more people were injured. The trial started in January.

Ganczarski's Tunisian accomplice Walid Naouar, brother of the suicide bomber, was given 12 years for his role in providing the false documents and satellite telephone which enabled the attack. Initially, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was also charged with conspiring in the plot. However, due to his imprisonment in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, French judges decided he will be tried separately at a later date when he is able to appear in person.


If the French place so little value on human life then what did the terrorists do wrong?

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