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The Supreme Court of Russia's North Caucasus region of North Ossetia has sentenced a member of an Islamist rebel group to 13 1/2 years in prison.

The court found Bekkhan Galayev guilty on several charges on September 24, including organizing a criminal group, the attempted murder of a police officer, and the illegal possession of weapons.

Investigators say Galayev joined a rebel group called Vilayat Ghalghayche (Province of Ingushetia), which is a branch of the so-called Caucasus Emirate proclaimed in 2007 by Chechen insurgency leader Doku Umarov.

Prosecutors have accused Galayev, who was arrested in November 2012, of involvement in a series of attacks against police and local authorities in Ingushetia and North Ossetia.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS