A French court has sentenced a German man to 18 years in jail for his part in a suicide bomb attack on a synagogue in Tunisia. Christian Ganczarski, a German convert to Islam, and believed to be an associate of Osama bin Laden, was arrested in France in 2003.
For the families of the dead the verdict is some form of closure for them. They say they have been following the case closely, trying to understand what the terrorists were trying to achieve. Reacting to Ganczarski’s sentence, one of the victim’s daughters said she was happy the verdict was the right one and that justice had prevailed.In 2002 the bomber drove a tanker truck filled with cooking gas to the synagogue and blew it up. The 21 victims, including two French and 14 Germans, were entering the building. Accomplices included Khalid Shiekh Mohammed, who is currently held at Guantanamo Bay and charged with masterminding the 9/11 attacks. Seven years after the bombing the historic synagogue at Djerba has largely been rebuilt and refurbished. It is thought to be one of the oldest in the world. The site and has been a Jewish place of worship for 2000 years.