A criminal court in Paris, France, has sentenced a Muslim extremist for killing a woman and attempting to bomb a church in 2015, to life imprisonment.
Sidi Ahmed Ghlam, a 29-year-old Algerian man who had previously sworn allegiance to ISIS, but has since regretted the decision, was sentenced Thursday after a jury convicted him on murder and attempted terrorist murder charges.
According to the Associated Press, the Syria-based sponsors of Ghlam’s actions are believed to also be connected to more recent deadly acts of terror in the European country.
Jean-Hubert Portejoie, who served as the lawyer for Ghlam, plans to appeal the verdict, claiming that the court “ruled on a rush of emotion” and “the pressure of public opinion,” reported the AP.
The Paris criminal court also convicted in absentia Abdelnasser Benyoucef and Samir Nouad, two operatives tied to the attempted church attack who are believed to have been killed in Syria.
In April 2015, French police arrested Ghlam under suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as the charges of murder and attempted murder. He has denied killing a woman outside a church.
That same year, authorities discovered what was called an “ISIS hit list” at the residence of Ghlam, which included several churches that the terrorist group intended to attack.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski