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Six Sentenced In Azerbaijan On Terrorism Charges

Azerbaijan's Qabala radar station
Azerbaijan's Qabala radar station
BAKU -- Six people have been found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to long jail terms by a court in Baku, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani and Russian services report.

Two of those found guilty of treason and espionage were from Lebanon and received 15-year sentences, while four Azerbaijanis were sentenced to 12 and 14 years in prison.

They were all convicted of having taken part in preparing terrorist acts in Azerbaijan and also found guilty of smuggling illegal weapons and drugs.

Prosecutors said the group planned to attack the Israeli Embassy in Baku and the Qabala (Gabala) radar station.

The trial was held behind closed doors.

The lawyers for the defendants said after the trial that their clients are innocent of the charges.