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Eight Convicted In Connection With Daghestan Attack

11 November 2004 -- A Russian court convicted eight men in connection with an armed incursion into the southern republic of Daghestan last December that killed nine border guards.

Two of the men were sentenced today to 20 years in prison, and a third received 15 years. The rest were given sentences from six to 7 1/2 years.

The court ruled the eight men were part of a group of rebels who entered Daghestan from Georgia, ambushed a border post and then seized a village. Three of the rebels were captured, and five who managed to slip across the border into Georgia were caught by Georgian border guards and extradited to Russia.

Prosecutors said the men were followers of slain Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelaev. All denied their guilt.