Mohammed Bensakhria

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Mohamed Bensakhria
Alicante, Spain
Spanish police
Penalty10 years

Mohamed Bensakhria is an Algerian citizen, sentenced in France to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2000 Strasbourg Cathedral bombing plot on December 16, 2004.[1] He is suspected of having had close links to Osama bin Laden.[2][3]

He was arrested in Alicante on June 22, 2001. According to Spanish authorities, he was the leader of the Meliani group. Bensakhria's group was, according to Spanish authorities, funded by bin Laden.[3] He had lived in Alicante for a period, after escaping from German police. The German police had uncovered a terror plot in December, and dismantled the group Bensakhria is believed to have led.[2]


  1. ^ "France Convicts Islamic Militants". CBS News. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Suspected Bin Laden associate to be extradited". CNN. 25 June 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Tremlett, Giles (23 June 2001). "Spanish police arrest Bin Laden suspect". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2011.

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