UPDATE ~ 18 convicted in Spanish 9/11 trial Brandon Smith at 1:05 PM ET
[JURIST] In addition to the conviction and sentencing [JURIST report] of al Qaeda cell leader Immad Yarkas [BBC profile], the head of al Qaeda in Spain, the Spanish High Court Monday also sentenced [PDF verdict, 447 pages] 17 other men to jail terms varying from 6 to 11 years and freed the remaining six defendants in Europe's largest trial of those suspected of involvement in the September 11 attacks. Among the 24 men accused of having links to the terrorist organization was Syrian-born Aljazeera reporter Tayssir Alluni [Aljazeera report] who interviewed Osama bin Laden weeks after the September 11 attacks. Alluni maintained his innocence throughout, as did all of the defendants, and argued that he was simply a journalist performing his duties. AFP has more. From Madrid, El Mundo has local coverage.
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