LONDON - An al-Qaida operative who planned to blow up
landmark London hotels using limos packed with gas tanks, napalm and nails, and
plotted to attack the New York Stock Exchange and the World Bank was sentenced
on Tuesday to life in prison.
handout photograph released on November 6, 2006 shows Britain's Dhiren
Barot, 34, who appeared for sentencing before Woolwich Crown Court, east
London on Monday. [Reuters]
Dhiren Barot, a former airline ticket clerk and Muslim convert, pleaded
guilty last month to conspiring to commit mass murder on both sides of the
Atlantic. Prosecutors said Barot trained for years at terrorist camps around the
world to refine skills with weapons, bomb-making and chemicals, Lawson said.
He became quickly inspired to plot a "memorable black day for the enemies of
Islam," said the prosecutor, Edmund Lawson, quoting a passage from Barot's
Barot, 34, wrote to leaders of the terrorist network in documents that
detailed 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 ！ and
several attacks targeting U.S. financial targets such as the New York Stock
Exchange, the World Bank headquarters in Washington and the Prudential building
in Newark, N.J.
Prosecutors said British attacks were "imminent." They said Barot put the
U.S. plot on hold after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
In a detailed proposal submitted to al-Qaida financiers in Pakistan, Barot
planned to use a six-man team to blow up limousines in underground parking
garages ！ a plan that Barot said would kill "hundreds if the building
Lawson said Barot also wrote in documents that he wanted to add napalm and
nails to the limousine bombs to "heighten the terror and chaos." He also
considered adding radioactive material, Lawson said, but decided a dirty bomb
should be used in a separate attack.
"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
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.
Barot is wanted in the United States and Yemen on separate terror-related
After his sentencing, he will be transferred to the United States to face a
four-count indictment, which includes a charge of conspiracy to use weapons of
mass destruction, according to a spokesman for the Home Office, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
Under the alias Issa al-Britani, Barot was named in the report of the U.S.
commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as an associate of Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 planner.
The Associated Press, The British Broadcasting Corp., and Times Newspapers
Ltd. successfully challenged a court ruling that threatened to prevent news
media reporting details of Barot's sentencing hearing.
Butterfield had ruled that publishing details of the case could prejudice
trials of Barot's seven co-defendants, scheduled to take place in London next