The man accused of being the spider in the web, Benomari, left for Somalia in 2011 with 3 others to fight for al-Shabaab, a terrorist organisation that has links with al-Qaeda and that was responsible for a horrible attack in a shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, last year.
The leader told his wife at home about decapitations of "non-believers". He was given a 20-year sentence. The 3 who travelled to Somalia with him, were handed prison sentences between 3 and 5 years. However, as the leader and 2 others were not present in court yesterday, they could get a new trial at a later stage.
15 others got lighter punishments, but they were all convicted. They had given financial and other support. (photo on top: al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia).