LONDON — The al-Qaida operative who was accused of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and other high profile U.S. and British targets was sentenced in a London courthouse to life in prison earlier this week.
In 2000, 34 year-old Dhiren Barot began a plan to pack limousines with gas tanks, napalm, and nails, and detonate them with the intent to “cause pandemonium… explosions, flooding, drowning,” according to his records. According to investigators, Barot had terrorist training all over the world and met with terror leaders but delayed the plan after the 9/11 attacks. Barot amended his plan to include limousines, which generally carry high-profile passengers, and are rarely checked by security officials. Prosecutors say the plan was in its final stages when he was taken into custody.
Barot will not be eligible for parole for at least 40 years. His sentence is the harshest one British courts have seen for this type of case. “The severe punishment was well-deserved,” says Peter Clarke, Britain’s top anti-terrorist detective, “He is a long-term, dedicated, committed member of al-Qaida.”
Source: ABC News