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Cambodia's apex court upholds terrorism convictions for 2 Bangladeshis, one Nepalese

Xinhua, February 4, 2015 Adjust font size:

The Supreme Court of Cambodia on Wednesday upheld the verdict of a lower court to sentence two Bangladeshis and one Nepalese national--members of terror outfit Al Qaeda--to eight years in prison for a terrorist plot.

"The Supreme Court decides to uphold the decision of the Appeal Court against the three men on charges of having planned a terrorist plot against three foreign embassies in Phnom Penh in April 2010," said a verdict pronounced by Supreme Court's judge Khim Ponn.

The trio are Bangladeshi national Rafiqul Eslami, 46, a former owner of a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Miah Muhammed Huymayan Kabir, 66, also from Bangladesh, and a Nepalese man D P Paudel, 48.

In 2011, they were convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on charges stemming from their signatures on a letter that threatened to attack American, Australian and British embassies in Phnom Penh in April, 2010. They had identified themselves in the letter as members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization.

In April 2012, the Appeal Court upheld the terrorism convictions against them. Endi