Life in prison for British bomb plotters

07/13/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Three British Muslims found guilty last week of plotting to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic were sentenced on Monday to life in prison. Prosecutors said at least 2,000 lives could have been lost had the plot been successful. The judge acknowledged defense arguments that the three men were not the leaders of the bombing plot, but said "foot soldiers" were as culpable as generals. "In this dreadful conspiracy, the intended role of the foot soldier was to blow himself up and to kill and maim an uncertain but potentially large number of men, women and children."

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