Man Convicted In Al Qaida Bomb Conspiracy Gets Reduced Sentence

The Court of Appeal reduced Dhiren Barot's sentence after ruling that the plot had not progressed far enough to merit the punishment, one of the toughest ever handed down in a British court.

"A life sentence with a minimum term of forty years should, save in quite exceptional circumstances, represent the maximum sentence for a terrorist who sets out to achieve mass murder but is not successful in causing any physical harm," the judges ruled. "Where the offense is of conspiracy and the acts of the defendant fall short of an attempt, the sentence should be lower."