Britain: Legal saga ends over plot that changed air travel

July 12, 2010 20:10

LONDON — Four years after a plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners triggered tight new security restrictions for travelers worldwide, British authorities closed a lengthy legal chapter Monday when each of the final suspects were jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Ibrahim Savant, 29, Arafat Waheed Khan, 29, and Waheed Zaman, 26, were each sentenced in the marathon case that began after the plot — directed by al-Qaida — was thwarted in 2006.A total of nine British Muslims have been convicted of involvement in the plan to blow up at least seven trans-Atlantic airliners with liquid explosives.

A series of trials began in 2007. The plot's ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali was jailed for a minimum of 40 years — one of the longest sentences ever handed out by a British court.

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