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Belfast Court Finds Algerian Guilty on Terrorism Charges


A Belfast court has found an Algerian man guilty of possessing bomb-making information for terrorist purposes.

Abbas Boutrab was arrested more than two years ago on immigration charges in Northern Ireland. Police later search his home and found 25 computer disks that contained bomb-making instructions and advice on smuggling explosives aboard planes.

A U.S. bomb expert testified during the trial that the plans for homemade bombs would produce explosives capable of puncturing an airplane's fuselage.

The Algerian, 32, claimed he gathered the information out of curiosity, but the judge said he was satisfied that the material was for terrorist purposes.

The court announced it will pass sentence on December 19.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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