LONDON — A British judge sentenced all five men convicted in fertilizer bomb plot to life in prison Monday.
A jury found five men guilty earlier of plotting to bomb a London nightclub, power plants or a shopping mall.
The yearlong trial was Britain’s longest ever terror case. Details that were kept secret during the proceedings to ensure a fair trial showed ties between the five and a group who bombed the London transit system in 2005, as well as with other Al Qaeda linked cells.
The suspects were accused of plotting to use 1,300 pounds of fertilizer to make one or more bombs.
Omar Khyam was found guilty of conspiracy to cause explosions made from chemical fertilizer which would endanger life. Also found guilty in the conspiracy were Anthony Garcia, Jawad Akbar, Waheed Mahmood and Alahuddin Amin.
Two others, Nabeel Hussain and Shujah Mahmood, were cleared of conspiracy to cause explosions.
The defendants, who had looked relaxed and were smiling as they were led into the court, became somber as the verdicts were read. The foreman read the verdicts after a record of nearly 135 hours of deliberation over 27 days.
The judge, Sir Michael Astill, rejected defense claims that the plot had been abandoned.
“This was a conspiracy that did not come to fruition, no doubt because of the intervention of the security services,” Astill said.
see-dubya, guesting at Hot Air this week, has a link roundup on this story and many more details of the plot.