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British Court Sentences Muslim to 13-Year Prison Term for 'Shoe-Bomb' Conspiracy

By VOA News
22 April 2005

A British court has given a 13-year prison term to a Muslim who pleaded guilty to conspiring with the so-called "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid to blow up an airliner in December 2001.

A British judge said Friday he was imposing a lenient sentence on 25-year-old Sajid Badat in view of his decision to abandon plans to blow up a passenger aircraft. Badat entered a surprise guilty plea to the charges in February.

Earlier, a British prosecutor told the court that Badat was trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan before his arrest in Britain in 2003. He said Badat planned, along with Reid, to bring down passenger aircraft at similar times using shoe bombs in late December, 2001, but that Badat changed his mind and pulled out of the conspiracy.

A U.S. court sentenced fellow Briton Reid to life in prison for trying to blow up a Paris to Miami flight using an explosive device hidden in his shoe. Other passengers overpowered him during the flight.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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