Nigeria: Sect spokesman gets 3 years in prison

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Posted: Dec 06, 2011 6:24 AM
Nigeria: Sect spokesman gets 3 years in prison

A Nigerian court has convicted a man accused of being one of several spokesmen for a radical Muslim sect responsible for hundreds of killings this year in Africa's most populous country.

A Nigerian court sentenced Ali Sanda Umar Konduga on Tuesday to three years in prison.

Authorities arrested Konduga last month after accusing him of speaking on behalf of the radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram, using the name Al-Zawahiri. Konduga told journalists after his arrest that a Nigerian senator was involved with the sect. The senator is now facing criminal charges.

At the time of his arrest, Konduga said he had not made a statement on behalf of Boko Haram for months and the group had expelled him on suspicion he was government spy.