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Nine Afghans Convicted In Britain For Plane Hijacking - 2001-12-06


A British court has convicted nine Afghan men for hijacking a plane from Kabul last year.

Court officials in London say the men were also found guilty of false imprisonment of passengers and crew and possession of guns and grenades.

The nine men are being held in custody prior to sentencing January 18th. A tenth man was found not guilty. All the hijackers had pleaded not guilty.

The men took over an Ariana Airlines Boeing 727 plane shortly after it took off from Kabul in February of last year and ordered the captain at gunpoint to fly to Britain.

After landing at Stansted Airport near London, the men threatened to kill the passengers and blow up the plane during a three-day armed standoff.

The hijackers first faced trial in January, but a jury could not agree on verdicts and a retrial was ordered.

The convicted are Ali Safi, Abdul Shohab, Taimur Shah, Kazim Mohammed, Reshad Ahmadi, Nazamuddin Mohammidy, Abdul Ghayur, Mohammed Showaib, and Mohammed Safi. The tenth man who was found not guilty is Waheed Lutfi.

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