Mauritanian court gives death sentence to assassin of U. S. citizen

17:13, March 16, 2011      

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The Nouakchott criminal court on Tuesday gave death sentence to an assassin of a U.S. citizen.

The court sentenced Mohamed Abdallahi Ould Ahmed Salem Ould Ahmednah to death on charges of masterminding the assassination of U.S. citizen Christopher Legget.

Legget, a humanitarian worker, was killed in June 2009 in front of his organization's office situated at Ksar in downtown Nouakchott.

Ould Ahmednah was arrested in July 2009 and accused of "belonging to a terrorist organization and carrying out premeditated assassination."

His two accomplices Sidi Mohamed Ould Bezeid and Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Ahmed Salem were respectively sentenced to 12 years in prison with a fine of 20,000 U. S. dollars and three years in prison with a fine of 13,000 dollars.

The court accused the two of playing the surveillance role and providing logistical support to facilitate the assassination of the American.

The court also acquitted Sidi Ould Dah and Sidi Ould Elwavi, who had been accused of "being members of a terrorist organization. "

Ould Ahmednah's lawyer Me Lemrabott Ould Sidi said, "The FBI experts who helped to investigate the case on behalf of the Mauritanian justice system, did not bring any concrete proof to link his client to this assassination."

The case of these islamic extremists took place in the presence of the officials from the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott.

Recently, the U.S. State Department renewed its travel advisory against travel to Mauritania due to threats from the North African wing of Al Qaeda (AQIM), which has been active in the Sahel-Sahara region since 2006. Mauritania is one of the countries in the region along the southern edge of the Sahara desert.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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