LEBANON: DEATH SENTENCES FOR 12 EXTREMISTS
March 4, 2010: twelve Islamic extremists were sentenced to death in Lebanon for terrorism.
The military tribunal in Beirut found them guilty of participating in clashes against the Lebanese army in the Nahr al Bared refugee camp in 2007.
The men were members of Fatah al Islam, a group inspired by al-Qaida. Six of the extremists are Palestinian nationals.
From May to September 2007, more than 400 people, including almost 200 Lebanese soldiers, were killed in battles both inside and around the Palestinian camp near Tripoliâ€™s northern port.
Three of the men were sentenced in absentia. The presumed leader of the group, Shaker al Abbsi, is still wanted. (Sources: ANSA, 04/03/2010)