French trial begins for suspects in Masood murder case

French trial begins for suspects in Masood murder case

[JURIST] Four suspected Islamic radicals began trial Tuesday in Paris for allegedly conspiring to kill Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Masood [Wikipedia entry]. French prosecutors believe the four men helped two Tunisians travelling with fake Belgian passports. Posing as journalists, the Tunisians detonated a bomb hidden in a camera on September 9, 2001, killing Masood. Masood was nicknamed "Lion of the Panjshir" for his armed efforts in leading the Northern Alliance [Wikipedia entry] against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The four primary suspects in the Paris case are Youssef el-Aouni, 31, and Adel Tebourski, 41, both French nationals; Abderahmane Ameroud, a 27-year-old Algerian; and Mehrez Azouz, 37, who has dual French and Algerian nationality. If convicted, the suspects face a maximum of 10 years in prison for aiding a terrorist enterprise. AFP has more.