UK bomb plotter jailed for 40 years

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

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

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

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

Naseer was arrested in the UK in 2009 along with 11 other men suspected of preparing an attack on a purchasing mall in Manchester.

No explosives had been identified but the males were ordered to leave the country. Mr Naseer avoided deportation following a judge ruled it was most likely he would not be protected if he returned to Pakistan.

UK officials arrested him once more in 2010 at the request of US prosecutors.

In 2013 he was extradited to the US, exactly where prosecutors argued Naseer was element of a broader al-Qaeda conspiracy to attack a variety of Western areas, including the New York subway program and a newspaper office in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The US Division of Justice mentioned the plots have been “directed by and co-ordinated with senior al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan”.

Evidence at Naseer’s trial incorporated a document identified in the raid of the Bin Laden compound and MI5 officers testifying in wigs.

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Image caption The trial heard from MI5 operatives dressed in wigs and make-up

His defence was largely primarily based on his personal testimony and cross-examining prosecution witnesses.

Prosecutors brought in MI5 agents who had previously tracked Naseer in 2009 at a shopping centre in the UK.

They also relied on the testimony of two co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the subway plot – Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay.

Prosecutors say coded emails show all three men have been under the direction of the identical al-Qaeda handler.

Bandar Sabung Ayam

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