Lebanon military court convicted cleric on terrorism charges

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On November 12, 2010, a Lebanese military court convicted cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed of terrorism and sentenced him to life in prison. Specifically, Bakri was found guilty of belonging to an armed group that plotted to carry out terrorist acts against Lebanese soldiers. In spite of living openly in Lebanon since 2005 and appearing regularly on television, Bakri was tried, convicted and sentenced in absentia. Lebanese police later arrested him on November 16, 2010 after he refused to turn himself in. Bakri lived in London for 20 years but fled to Lebanon while under investigation by British authorities. Bakri is well-known for his praise of terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers and the London Underground bombers who carried out attacks in July 2005.


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