A Belgium court on Tuesday sentenced an ISIS cell linked to last year’s Paris terror attacks up to 16 year in jail.
The three main suspects Marouane El Bali, Schofield El Abdi and Mohamed Arshad were found guilty of belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group and were sentenced to 16 year in prison.
The fourth suspects identified as Omar Damache, was sentenced to eight years in jail.
Prosecutors said the men standing trial had returned from fighting for Islamic State in Syria and were found to be in constant contact with Paris attack mastermind, Abdel hamid Abaoud.
Prosecutors said the men standing trial had returned from fighting with IS in Syria and were in constant contact with the group through the leader of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Abaaoud was killed in a November raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis.
The terrorist cell was dismantled by police during a raid on January 15, 2015 in Verviers, an eastern Belgian town close to German borders.
A total of 16 suspects were charged in connection with the terrorism activities while nine remain at large.
During the operation, police recovered materials used to manufacture explosives.