Turkish court upholds life sentences for 6 al-Qaida suspects in 2003 Istanbul bombings

Turkey: Life in prison for 6 al-Qaida suspects

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing six al-Qaida militants to life in prison for the deadly 2003 bombings in Istanbul.

The court in Ankara says Wednesday it has approved the life sentence for the six of the 74 suspects for their involvement in the attacks on Nov. 15 and Nov. 20, 2003. Those bombings killed 58 people and targeted two synagogues, the British consulate and a London-based bank.

The six included Syrian Loa’i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa who was charged with masterminding the bombings.

The court has sentenced 33 other suspects to between three years and nine months in prison to 18 years. It acquitted 15 of them, citing lack of evidence, while ordering a retrial for the rest, requesting further investigation.


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