Man gets life for Bush murder plot

Man who plotted to kill ex-US president George Bush has jail term increased to life.

    Abu Ali received a harsher sentence after an appeals court declared his original sentence too light [AP]

    The judge said he had also considered the fact that the Bureau of Prisons has kept Abu Ali in solitary confinement at a prison in Florence, Colorado.

    "There's no way to know what his mental state would be after 30 years of solitary confinement," Lee said.

    'Forced confession'

    In a statement to the judge, Abu Ali said that he had been tortured by authorities in Saudi Arabia into giving a confession.

    "This was a case manufactured by the Saudi torture regime and expedited to the United States for trial," he said.

    "I would like to remind you that you too will appear before the divine tribunal with me and everyone else.

    "That day there will be no lawyers ... If you are comfortable with that, you can decree what you will."

    Lee said that a lengthy hearing into the veracity of Abu Ali's confession had been held and that a jury and an appeals court had ruled that his confession was voluntary.

    Joshua Dratel, Abu Ali's defence lawyer, said that he will appeal the sentence.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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