Would-Be Suicide Bombers Given Life Sentences in Major Terrorist Plot
July 13, 2010
UK (ChattahBox) – Three men convicted of planning to participate in a major terrorist plot that was expected to surpass September 11th have been given eight life sentences between them, the Telegraph reports.
Arafat Khan, Ibrahim Savant and Waheed Zaman Were three of twelve people to be arrested for conspiracy to commit murder, as part of an attack that was planned to kill thousands in various suicide bombings on Trans-Atlantic flights to the U.S. and Canada.
The three men were all pegged as suicide bombers, and created videotapes that spoke of their pride of have received the ‘blessing’ of being chosen for the task.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali was the leader of the attack, working for al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His controller, Rashid Rauf, kept him in contact with the main organization overseas.
Justice Holroyde sentenced them all to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years to be served before release can be sought.
“I am satisfied that each of you knew you were part of a conspiracy to deploy a number of suicide bombers and accordingly knew that the intention was to cause many deaths,” he was quoted as saying.
“I am satisfied that you were each awaiting your instructions to carry out mass murder.”