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Al-Qaeda-linked Algerian to stand trial in N. Irish first
Published in: Agence France Presse
September 7, 2005

BELFAST (AFP) - The non-jury trial of an Algerian accused of links to the Islamist Al-Qaeda terror network is to open on Thursday, a first in Northern Ireland.

Abbas Boutrab, 32, who claimed he was innocent during a prison interview with AFP, will be tried in Belfast by a "Diplock" court, set up in Northern Ireland in 1973 to prevent jury intimidation in paramilitary and terrorist-related trials.

Until now, only those accused of crimes linked to Catholic or Protestant armed groups have been judged in such courts.

In November 2003, Boutrab was charged with receiving training in the manufacture and use of explosives, the possession of computer files and false identities that could be used in connection with terrorism, and the possession of documents containing information likely to be useful to terrorists between 14 July 2002 and 15 April 2003.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050907/wl_uk_afp/nirelandbritainalgeriajustice_050907072808


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