- Title: NIGERIA-VIOLENCE/CHAD Boko Haram members sentenced to death in Chad
- Date: 28th August 2015
- Summary: N'DJAMENA, CHAD (AUGUST 26, 2015) (REUTERS) BOKO HARAM SUSPECTS SITTING INSIDE COURT BANA FANAYE , SUSPECTED LEADER OF THE BOKO HARAM GROUP LAWYERS AND SOLDIERS ENTERING COURT LAWYERS ADDRESSING THE COURT FANAYE, ANSWERING QUESTIONS, STANDS UP WITH INTERPRETER, TALKING TO THE JUDGE JUDGE TALKING FANAYE BEING QUESTIONED COURT WITH SOLDIERS AND PRISONERS
- Embargoed: 12th September 2015 13:00
- Location: Chad
- Country: Chad
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: Chad has sentenced 10 members of Nigeria-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram to death on terrorism charges, judicial sources said on Friday (August 28).
"They are all sentenced to death," said one of the sources.
The 10 appeared in court on the first day of the hearing on Wednesday (August 26). They were arrested following a twin attack in the capital N'Djamena two months ago.
The June 15 blasts in two police offices that appeared to have been coordinated killed 34 people including four suspected Boko Haram militants and injured dozens. It was the largest attack of its kind in Chad.
Chadian authorities believe that one of the men, Bana Fanaye, known as Mahamat Moustapha, is a senior leader in Boko Haram.
It was the first Chadian trial involving the Nigeria-based Islamist group, which has in the past months stepped up attacks and suicide bombings in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
At the time of the arrests the chief prosecutor said the men were from Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria.
Chad has played a leading role in helping Nigerian forces win back territory from Boko Haram, which has mounted a six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamist caliphate in Nigeria's northeast and attacked neighbours Niger and Cameroon.
The Chadian capital is a command centre for a regional force in the fight.
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