Five Men Convicted of Aiding Islamic Militants
A Milan court convicted five North African men of having ties to Al Qaeda and sentenced them to four to eight years each in prison.
The men were found guilty of links to a cell that sent would-be terrorists to Afghanistan, Tunisia and Algeria, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
However, they were cleared of charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
The longest sentence went to Abdelkader Mahmoud Es Sayed, an Egyptian who was tried in absentia.
Investigators say the Egyptian may have died fighting in Afghanistan.