May 4, 2006

Moussaoui sentenced to life for 9/11 conspiracy

By Deborah Charles and James Vicini

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A defiant Zacarias
Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, one day
after a jury spared his life and rejected U.S. government
arguments that the September 11 conspirator should be executed.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema sentenced Moussaoui,
37, to life in prison with no possibility of release.
Moussaoui, an admitted al Qaeda member, will almost certainly
be sent to the maximum security federal prison in Florence,

"God curse America," Moussaoui said right before the judge
imposed the sentence. "God save Osama bin Laden. You'll never
get him."

Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, was in
jail on September 11 after raising suspicions at a flight
school. The jury did not believe that Moussaoui's actions
resulted in the deaths of about 3,000 people on September 11 --
a central part of the government's demand for the death

Three of the 12 jurors found that Moussaoui had limited
knowledge of the September 11 attack plans. Some jurors also
believed his role in the hijacking plot, if any, was minor.