London cabbie jailed for killing US soldier in Iraq


There was justice, too, for Specialist Joe Bacani, who was wounded trying to recover a bomb Sardar helped build. “And I could feel like I was losing a lot of blood.”

IEDs, homemade bombs, turned Iraq’s roads into lethal minefields for U.S. On Friday, the court sentenced him to two life sentences, one for killing Johnson, and another for conspiracy to commit murder — for other bombs which failed to explode in the same region.

LONDON — Justice finally came this week for an American soldier killed eight years ago in Iraq. After a lengthy police investigation — bolstered by American cooperation and a dash of luck — a London jury convicted Sardar of murder on Thursday. In 2012 they raided his home and found a bomb-making manual, but that wasn’t enough to charge him. A former London taxi driver was sentenced to life in prison Friday morning for making the bomb that killed Sgt.

The evidence for that came a year later. It was exactly what London police needed for to arrest him.. “The reality is he’s a bombmaker, he’s a terrorist and he’s been convicted of murder this afternoon.”

Sardar, now 38 years old, had denied all the charges against him. He told CBS News he thought he was going to die.

One of them killed 34-year-old Johnson, exploding right under his armored vehicle in 2007.

A courtroom sketch of Anis Abid Sardar, who was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder by a British court for building bombs used in Iraq, including one that killed a U.S. He will now serve a minimum of 38 years of his life sentences.

British police flagged Sardar when he came home from Iraq in 2007, but not in connection with the Iraq bombs. Randy Johnson in Iraq – CBS News

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<p>“I could feel, like, the sun beating on me and my blood, my own blood, feeling hotter than that sun,” Bacani said. Randy Johnson”>Sgt. </p>
<p>“Sardar had reinvented himself carefully since returning as a black cab driver,” said London Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism Commander Richard Walton. Randy Johnson.</p>
<p>As CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, it was Anis Abid Sardar himself who left crucial evidence behind in Iraq that would eventually lead to his London trial eight years later. IEDs, both intact and in pieces, had been collected in Iraq and shipped halfway across the world to the FBI’s terrorism explosives lab in Virginia.</p>
<p>Anis Abid Sardar sentenced to life in prison in London for building bomb that killed US Sgt. Army solider in 2007.CBS</p>
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In 2014, they struck gold; Sardar’s prints were lifted from a piece of tape on two bombs that had been planted on the roads west of Baghdad

Posted May 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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