The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

US judge jails 'Millennium bomber' for 37 years


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A United States (US) judge jailed the so-called "Millennium bomber" for 37 years on Wednesday for plotting to bomb Los Angeles airport on New Year's Eve 1999, but rejected calls for a life sentence.

Algerian Al-Qaeda member Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested as he entered the US driving a car packed with explosives, was previously jailed for 22 years, but the sentence was quashed, twice, the last time in 2010.

In passing a sentence of 37 years, US District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle rebuffed the prosecution's calls for Ressam to be jailed for 65 years to life.

He highlighted Ressam's initial cooperation with prosecutors, including testifying against co-conspirator Mokhtar Haouari and identifying 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui from a photograph.