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2006-06-01 09:16:25

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday acquitted the only person convicted of involvement in the September 11 attacks in a trial last year of suspected Al Qaeda members. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, known as Abu Dahdah, had been convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorist murder and sentenced to 27 years in jail. He will, however, continue to serve a 12 year sentence for leading a terrorist group. Yarkas, accused of being an al Qaeda leader in Spain, was among 24 people...

2006-04-27 03:07:56

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police detained Al Jazeera television's Cairo bureau chief on accusations of spreading "false" information during his coverage of the Sinai bombings, Egypt's Interior Ministry said on Thursday. An Interior Ministry spokesman said Hussein Abdel Ghani had been taken in for questioning after reporting an explosion in the eastern Egyptian province of Sharkia on Wednesday, a report the ministry said was false and spread confusion. "He said there were incidents...

2006-02-16 17:15:49

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's public prosecutor urged a court on Thursday to overturn an alleged al Qaeda leader's conviction for conspiring with the September 11 plotters, calling the evidence weak and unconvincing. If the Supreme Court agrees with the prosecutor, it would mean that a high-profile trial of 24 alleged al Qaeda members in Spain last year had failed to convict anyone in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities. Three of the 24 defendants were accused...

2005-09-26 08:08:19

By Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's High Court sentenced the alleged leader of al Qaeda in Spain to 27 years in prison on Monday, finding he conspired with the September 11 plotters but cleared him of murder in connection with the attacks. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas was among 24 people accused of al Qaeda membership in Europe's biggest trial of suspected Islamist militants. Three defendants were also accused of a role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities....

2005-09-25 17:51:50

By Adrian Croft MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's High Court is to deliver its verdict on Monday on whether three alleged al Qaeda members helped plan the September 11, 2001 hijack attacks on U.S. cities. A conviction would be the first in Europe in connection with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, Driss Chebli and Ghasoub al Abrash Ghalyoun could each be handed jail terms of more than 74,000 years if convicted of 2,973 murders over the 2001...

2005-09-22 07:33:09

By Adrian Croft MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's High Court is due to deliver its verdicts on Monday on 24 people accused of al Qaeda membership, including three who face more than 70,000 years in jail each if convicted of helping the September 11 hijackers. The verdicts will be a crucial test of the credibility of the multiple investigations of Islamist militants launched by Spanish magistrates and around Europe. The three-judge panel heard from more than 100 witnesses during a...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'