[JURIST] The trial of ten radical Islamists charged with plotting to bomb the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, nearly four years ago has begun. Each of the men faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted in the trial, which is expected to last about three months.
The defendants, either Algerian or French-Algerian, are known as the "Frankfurt group." One of the defendants, Rabah Kadri, is being tried in absentia because he is currently in custody in the UK after his arrest there in 2002. Four others linked to the plot were convicted last year by a German court. BBC News has more.