Dhiren Barot will not get a chance to sow murder and mayhem for his god. “British Terror Plotter Gets Life In Prison: Prosecutor Says Dhiren Barot Was Caught Just In Time, Before Attacks Started,” from CBS News, :
(CBS/AP) A confessed al Qaeda operative’s plans to attack British targets had progressed to their final stages, a prosecutor said Tuesday during the sentencing hearing in the most sweeping terror indictment in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Dhiren Barot was then sentenced to life in prison, of which he must serve at least 40 years in prison.
“You have chosen to use your life to bring death and destruction to the Western world,” Judge Neil Butterfield said as he passed the sentence. “You planned to slaughter hundreds, if not thousands, of wholly innocent men, women and children,”
Butterfield described the plans as determined, sophisticated and deadly.
“You were planning to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery “” first in Washington, Newark and New York “” and then London,” Butterfield said.
Prosecutor Edmund Lawson said Barot had received approval from his superiors to strike as part of a plot to unleash a “memorable black day” of terror. Lawson said that “the uncontradicted evidence suggests the conspiracy was in its final stages.”
The British believe they arrested Barot just before he was about to begin his terrorist campaign, reports CBS News correspondent Larry Miller. He’s also wanted in the U.S. and Yemen.
Barot plotted to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank and landmark London hotels in the most sweeping terror indictment in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Barot, 34, also planned a series of synchronized strikes in Britain “” including a plan to blow up a subway car as it passed through a tunnel below the River Thames “” as part of a plot to unleash a “memorable black day” of terror, prosecutors said.
The former airline ticket clerk and Muslim convert pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to commit mass murder on both sides of the Atlantic.