Yemen court jails 10 for Qaeda plotting

A Yemeni court specialising in terrorism cases sentenced 10 people on Tuesday to between four and 10 years in prison for plotting attacks on behalf of Al-Qaeda, a judicial source told AFP.

Five of them were released on time served.

The accused were found guilty of "forming an armed gang linked to Al-Qaeda to attack vital installations, barracks, embassies, and security and military leaders," according to the chargesheet.

Al-Qaeda took advantage of the weakening of central government by a 10-month uprising against veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011 to sharply expand its operations across impoverished Yemen.