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French Court Convicts 3 on Terror Charges

A French court has convicted a Pakistani man and two Frenchmen for their links to terrorism.

They were all charged with criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise.

They were first arrested in 2002 on suspicion of having links to convicted shoe-bomber Richard Reid, who is serving life in prison in the United States for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic passenger jet in 2001.

The Pakistani defendant in Thursday's verdict, Ghulam Rama, was given five years for recruiting the two Frenchmen to fight a holy war abroad.

The Frenchmen, Hassan el-Cheguer and Hakim Mokhfi, received four years, with one year suspended. They were ordered released for time already served.

A fourth defendant, Kamel Lakhram, received a three-month prison sentence for being in France illegally. Terrorism charges against him were previously dropped.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.