Foiled London Bombers Draw Life Sentences

Court gives four men toughest possible terms in 21/7 conspiracy
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2007 10:34 AM CDT
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police on Monday July 9, 2007 of Muktar Said Ibrahim. Three men were found guilty Monday of plotting to bomb London's public transport system on July 21,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Four men who planned to bomb London's transit system weeks after the deadly 7/7/05 bus and tube attacks were sentenced to life terms today in a British court. A jury failed to reach a decision on two other men charged as members of the conspiracy, which officials said might have killed thousands of London residents.

All six men were connected to a radical Islamic movement in Britain, and one had spent time in Pakistan concurrently with the 7/7 bombers. The judge said he had "no doubt" that both the successful and the failed attacks were "al-Qaida-inspired and controlled." Life in prison is the stiffest sentence available to British courts.