Terrorism trial at Brussels Criminal Court – Rachid Benomari gets 18 years
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
On Tuesday, Brussels Criminal Court sentenced Rachid Benomari to 18 years in prison for participating, as leader, in the actions of certain terrorist groups. The court gave Mohamed Said a 5-years prison sentence and Mustapha Bouyahbaren a 5-year sentence, 37 months of which is suspended. The latter was found guilty of participating, as members, in the actions of certain terrorist groups. Rachid Benomari, Mustapha Bouyahbaren and Mohamed Said were arrested in Kenya on July 4, 2013 as they crossed the Kenya-Somalia border.
They were sent to prison in Kenya for almost a year for illegal residence before being extradited to Belgium.
Since April 2012, they had been under suspicion by the Belgian justice department, for having joined Al-Shabab, a militia considered in Somalia to be a terrorist group.