An Ohio truck driver who admitted six months ago he plotted with
senior operatives of al Qaida to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge was sentenced Oct.
28 to 20 years in prison, The New York
Minutes before the sentencing, the driver, Iyman Faris, 34, tried
to withdraw his earlier guilty plea, saying he had admitted a role in the plot
only to secure a book deal for himself.
"I'm innocent," Faris said.
But the judge was not persuaded. The sentence was the maximum
allowable under a plea agreement that Faris, a native of Pakistan who came to
the United States in 1994 and became a citizen in 1999, signed with prosecutors
Prosecutors said in court
pleadings that Faris traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in late 2000 and met
with Osama bin Laden and other senior al Qaida leaders, including Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed, now regarded as a key planner of the terrorist attacks of September