A Turkish court has sentenced seven people to life in prison for bomb attacks in Istanbul in 2003, which left more than 60 people dead and wounded more than six hundred. Of the accused, the top al Qaeda figure in the country, Louai al Sakka, was jailed for masterminding and securing finance for the truck bombings, aimed at British and Jewish targets.
Dozens of other people received lighter sentences. 74 people were on trial, although only nine appeared in court on Friday. Two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the HSBC bank were targeted in the attacks in November 2003. They were the deadliest bombings ever to have occurred in peacetime in the country. A Turkish cell in the al Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the attacks.