Life sentence for plotting mass murder
A Luton-based al-Qaeda terrorist has been jailed for life for plotting what could have become Britain's biggest ever mass murder.
Salahuddin Amin, 32 - a former Dunstable College student - was part of a gang dubbed "the fertiliser bombers".
The group were poised to kill hundreds of people at a packed nightclub or shopping centre with a massive device they had made for just 100 from half a ton of ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder.
Amin and four co-defendants were found guilty and sentenced at London's Old Bailey on Monday at the end of Britain's biggest-ever terror trial, which cost more than 50 million.
Judge Sir Michael Astill ordered Amin, who did not show a trace of emotion as the verdict was delivered, to serve a minumum of 17-and-a-half years before he could be considered for release, but said he envisaged he would serve double that.
Fellow conspirators Oman Khyam, 25, Waheed Mahmood, 35, Anthony Garcia, 25, and Jawad Akbar, 23 - all from London - were also found guilty and received life sentences.
The jury took 27 days to reach their decisions, the longest-ever deliberation at the Old Bailey. All the men had denied conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or injure property between January 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004.
As well as his Dunstable College connection, Amin was also known to have attended Leagrave Community Centre and worked as a taxi driver for Express Cars and Elite Cars in Dunstable.
For more on this story see the May 2 edition of the Luton News and Dunstable Gazette.
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