15 Sep 2009

Airline plotters jailed for up to 40 years

6:53 am on 15 September 2009

Three men who plotted to blow up airliners flying from Britain to the United States with liquid bombs have been given minimum jail sentences of between 32 and 40 years.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain were convicted last week by a court in London.

The sentencing judge said a grave and wicked conspiracy had every likelihood of succeeding had the police and security services not intervened, reports the BBC.

Jurors were unable to reach verdicts on three other men, and prosecutors are seeking a retrial.

The men's arrests in August 2006 prompted continuing restrictions to the liquids passengers can take on to aircraft, which the judge said meant massive expenditure for airlines and huge inconvenience for the travelling public.