3 convicted of terrorist conspiracy in Italy

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/14 6:28:19

Three foreign nationals have been sentenced to prison on terrorism charges in the northwestern Italian city of Genoa, local media reported Wednesday.

Egyptian brothers Antar and Hossameldin Abdelhakim, aged 43 and 36, and 34-year-old Algerian national Tarek Sakher were found guilty of belonging to a jihadist cell and planning a terrorist attack, possibly in Milan, regional paper Il Secolo XIX reported.

The three were sentenced to six years in prison each, according to Il Secolo XIX which covers the Liguria region where Genoa is located.

The key evidence in the trial was 105 incriminating messages exchanged between the defendants on the Telegram social media platform, the local paper said.

A fourth defendant, an Egyptian man, 31-year-old Hosny El Hawari Lekaa, has been acquitted, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

As well, according to ANSA, the judge further sentenced the men to deportation as soon as they finish serving their sentences, and to payment of 300,000 euros (357,00 dollars) to the Prime Minister's Office and the Interior Ministry, which were civil plaintiffs in the case.

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