Terrorist plotters get near-record prison time in U.K. case

09/15/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The three would-be bombers who changed the face of commercial airline travel around the globe were sentenced Monday to at least 30 years in jail. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain hoped to kill thousands of passengers by blowing up trans-Atlantic flights using explosives smuggled onto airlines in soda bottles, a case that immediately led to worldwide limits on the amount of liquids passengers could carry onto commercial aircraft. Ali, the terrorist ringleader, was given at least 40 years in jail, one of the longest sentences ever handed down by a British court.

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