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Five Hezbollah Sentenced to Life, In Absentia

October 9, 1992

PARIS (AP) _ A special terrorism court has sentenced in absentia five Lebanese, all members of the Hezbollah group, to life in prison for their roles in the wave of Paris bombings in 1985-86 that killed 13 people and injured more than 300.

Ibrahim Akil, Ali Hamade, Habib Haidar, Hussein Mazbouh and Hassan Ghosn were convicted Thursday of assassination and attempted assassination in the attacks that terrorized Paris from Dec. 1985 through Sept. 1986.

The five are all described as active members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group operating in Lebanon.

It was the second conviction in absentia for the five who were sentenced to terms ranging from 10-20 years for criminal association in October 1990 by a lower court.

The man identified as the leader of the Paris bombing wave, Tunisian Fouad Ali Saleh, was sentenced in April to life in prison and is being held in France. The whereabouts of the five sentenced Thursday were not known.

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