Thursday, November 22, 2007

Three men on terror charges over Maldives bombing

Three men in the Maldives were charged under the state's terrorism act on Tuesday in connection with a bomb attack which wounded 12 tourists in September, officials said.

State prosecutor Hussain Shameen said he would seek the maximum 15-year jail sentence in the first such case in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Ahmed Naseer and Moosa Inas stand accused of planting the bomb, which detonated in the capital Male's Sultan Park as a tour group of mainly Chinese nationals entered the garden. Police say the third man, Mohamed Sobah, helped make the bomb.

Inas, Naseer and Sobah are charged under the Maldives Prevention of Terrorism Act with "causing bodily harm, with the intention of creating fear or terror," and the production and use of explosive substances.

Thirteen other Maldivian nationals will be charged under the same act in relation to the blast, according to the Attorney-General's Office. Three are in detention, but police say the remainder are on the run in Pakistan. (Reporting by Ajay Makan; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Source: Reuters

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