'Millennium bomber' sentenced to 22 years in prison

[JURIST] Ahmed Ressam [Wikipedia profile], known as the "millennium bomber" for plotting to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve 1999 [CBC timeline], was sentenced to 22 years in prison by federal judge John Coughenour Wednesday. US border officials caught the 38-year-old Algerian with nitroglycerin in the trunk of his rented car after he arrived in Port Angeles, Washington, on a ferry from Victoria, BC in Canada about two weeks before the new year. Ressam initially cooperated with authorities but stopped in 2003 and prosecutors said his failure to cooperate further weakened their case against Rachid Boukhalfa, known as Abou Doha, a radical Muslim cleric who allegedly masterminded the plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport. Ressam will receive credit for the more than five years he has already spent in jail. CBC news has more.

 

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