The British government has welcomed the life sentences handed down to seven people for deadly suicide bomb attacks on Jewish and British targets in Istanbul in 2003. More than 60 people died in the explosions. One of the men included a Syrian accused of being the mastermind of the attacks and an Al-Qaeda militant.
Several other defendants were sentenced to various jail terms while some others were acquitted. The father of one of the victims said life in prison for the main seven suspects wasn’t enough: “This is not a satisfying verdict for me,” he said. “It’s little relief. If you ask me punishment had to be much heavier.”
The bombings in November, 2003, targeted two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the London-based HSBC Bank. They were Turkey’s deadliest peacetime bombings.