UK bomb plotter accused of planning to attack US targets appeals life sentence

[JURIST] Dhiren Barot [BBC profile], a British man who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in October to planning a series of bombs on US and British targets, filed an appeal in London’s Court of Appeal Criminal Division [official website] Tuesday. Barot was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in November after pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder for his role in the "Gas Limos Project" [Times report] bombing scheme to blow up three limousines filled with explosives in underground parking garages in Britain, as well as a separate plan to explode radioactive "dirty bombs." Lawyers for Barot argued Tuesday that he should not face life imprisonment for a charge that typically merits a fixed 20 to 30 year sentence. Lord Phillips, sitting with Lord Justice Latham and Mr Justice Treacy, did not issue an immediate ruling on the appeal.

In April 2005 Barot and two other men were indicted [text; JURIST report] in New York for US-related bomb plans in April 2005. In addition to attacks planned throughout the UK, prosecutors alleged that Barot planned to attack the International Monetary Fund and World Bank [official websites] buildings in Washington DC, the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup buildings in New York City, and the Prudential [corporate websites] building in Newark, New Jersey. London's Daily Telegraph has more.

 

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