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article imageNY Subway Bomb Plotter Gets 30 Years in Prison

By Tar De Moutonnoir     Jan 8, 2007 in Crime
A Pakistani man was sentenced to thirty years behind bars today following his conviction in a plot to blow up New York City's Herald Square subway station.
Shahawar Matin Siraj was found guilty in May of devising a plan to bomb the subway station located below a thriving shopping district just one block from the Empire State Building.
The 24 year old was arrested on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
The hefty sentencing comes despite the fact that there was found to be no evidence he ever obtained any explosives nor linked to any terror organizations. The prosecutors had insisted he had been part of a conspiracy saying his intentions were ominous. "The crimes committed here had the potential, if not thwarted, to wreak havoc," said U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon in Brooklyn.
The defense team had countered with the argument that he was "not a dangerous psychopath but more of a confused and misguided youngster."
Siraj admitted to the plot and was quoted as saying "The conspiracy did happen and I take the responsibility, "I wish I could take these words back but it cannot happen."
w. references from reuters and cnn
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