Brussels court sentences Syria fighters to up to 10 years
Six men have been found guilty of links to terrorist networks in Syria and Somalia, though one is thought to have died while fighting in Iraq and two others were absent
Former Belgian soldier
The lead accused, Sami L, was sentenced to 10 years. However, he was not present for sentencing as he is thought to have been killed in Iraq. He had been given a three-year suspended sentence in 2013 for links to the Al-Shabaab group, based in Somalia. Once released from detention he fled, reportedly to Iraq.
Two other men were absent, one fighting in Syria, but were sentenced to five years. Two men were sentenced to four years suspended, one of them 25-year-old Harris CC, a former Belgian soldier who lost both legs in a bombing in Syria.
The last accused, Hamza B, was given three years, also suspended. He had originally been considered the leader of the group, and the prosecution had demanded a sentence of five years.
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