Tough sentences follow terrorism convictions by Tanzanian court
Six men, including three from the same family, have been convicted of terrorism by the high court in Tanzania and sentenced to a total of 50 years each. The prosecution said the six were members of a larger group that had met in the Tunduru district, as part of a conspiracy to start a religious war linked to Al-Shabaab. They planned to convince young people to join in the overthrow of the government and establish an Islamic state.
The six men were tried, convicted and sentenced in the corruption and economic crimes division of the Tanzanian high court, sitting at Songea. Judge Yose Mlambina, who presided in the trial, began his 100-page judgment with an extensive review of what constituted terrorism and the legal and other difficulties involved in defining terrorism.