US: Terrorist plotter appeals against sentence

A confessed al-Qaida operative sentenced to 40 years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks against US financial landmarks lodged an appeal Tuesday against the length of his sentence. Lawyers for Dhiren Barot, 34, told the Court of Appeal that he deserved a shorter sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder. The Muslim convert pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and other US financial targets and to blow up London hotels and train stations with limousines packed with gas tanks, napalm and nails. In November, judge Neil Butterfield told Barot he would not be eligible for parole for at least 40 years - one of the toughest sentences ever handed down in a British court.