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An al-Qaeda plotter who planned to kill thousands of people in the UK and US has been sentenced to life and told he must serve at least 40 years in jail.
Dhiren Barot, 34 and from London, had admitted conspiracy to murder. He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court.
A man who plotted to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and carry out attacks in Britain with gas-filled limousines and a "dirty bomb" was jailed for a minimum of 40 years on Tuesday.
Dhiren Barot, 34, was sentenced by a London court after pleading guilty last month to conspiracy to murder in a case sparked by the arrest of an al Qaeda figure in Pakistan.
"You are, Mr Barot, a determined and dedicated terrorist, a highly intelligent and extremely dangerous man," the judge said as he handed down the sentence.
"This conspiracy was designed to strike at the very heart of democracy and the security of the state."
Barot, who visited Pakistan in early 2004, had submitted the plans for approval by "your al Qaeda overlords", the judge said.
Originally posted by Britguy
Just a sad pathetic little man maybe, but I doubt very much he's the Al Qaida bogeyman he's made out to be. Still, the story is good for the masses
Why is the case so significant?
He is interesting because he is like a link between old al-Qaeda and the new kind of global jihadi movement.
He was somebody who was radicalised right back in the 1990s, over 10 years ago.
He started going to training camps in Kashmir, in the Philippines. He learned counter-surveillance, he learnt demolitions - firing weapons as many people did. But he learned far more sophisticated terrorism methods than that.
And he presented his plans to the people who are believed to be associates of al-Qaeda - or even members of al-Qaeda - in Pakistan as recently as early 2004. So after 9/11.
Remember that after 9/11 al-Qaeda kind of fragmented - they lost their bases in Afghanistan, they scattered, many of them went to different countries - they were on the run.
But he belongs to both before that period and after that period.
So he is a pretty worrying phenomenon in that case and that's why they're so pleased that they've got this guy.