A Tunisian court has jailed 19 men for up to eight years for having links to al Qaeda's North Africa wing, a defence lawyer said on Sunday.
"Tunis court judge Hedi Ayari announced the verdict to jail the 19 men between one and eight years for having links with al Qaeda and setting up a Jihad cell," lawyer Samir Dylo Said, adding the verdict was pronounced on Saturday.
The defendants, who were arrested in late 2006, had pleaded not guilty.
Local lawyers say about 1,000 people have been arrested since 2003 on terrorism charges including recruiting fighters for the Iraqi insurgency against U.S.-led forces.
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