Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Terrorism: Italian judge drops anti-terrorism charges against five suspects because they are guerrillas not terrorists.

In issuing the judgment Monday night, Forleo accepted prosecution claims that the men belonged to Islamic fundamentalist cells in the northern city of Milan and nearby Cremona, and were raising money for "paramilitary structures" in Iraq. But citing the United Nations' 1999 convention on terrorism, she said guerrilla activities in war zones did not become terrorism unless they broke international humanitarian law or were designed to create terror among civilians. There was no evidence that the defendants' activities crossed this line, she said.
The definition of what "is" is storms across the world.

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