Man accused of al Qaeda bomb plot gets 40 years in New York trial verdict

A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for plotting attacks in several countries.

Abid Naseer, 29, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York.

US authorities said he had been part of a plot to attack Manchester, New York City and Copenhagen.

In March, a jury found him guilty of providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device.

FBI assistant director-in-charge Diego Rodriguez said that Naseer, who moved to the UK to study, failed to use the British education visa system to make the best of his life.

Instead, he exploited it "to take away the lives of many others in large numbers", said Mr Rodriguez.

Naseer was first arrested in the UK in 2009, along with 11 other men, suspected of planning a bomb attack on the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester over the Easter weekend.

No explosives were found but the men were ordered to leave the country. Mr Naseer avoided deportation after a judge ruled it was likely he would not be safe if he returned to Pakistan.

Naseer appealed to the judge that he was not - nor had he ever been - a "career criminal". But Judge Raymond Dearie had a response.

"I know you're not," he replied. "You're a terrorist."

The US Department of Justice said the plots were "directed by and co-ordinated with senior al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan".

Evidence at Naseer's trial included a document found in the raid of the Bin Laden compound and MI5 officers testifying in wigs.
This trial was kind of under the radar, but the evidence from the bin Laden raid sounds interesting even though it is not described in the story.  So much of that evidence has not yet been released to the public which is somewhat curious at this point.   The alleged plot sounds like a massive mass murder attack.


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