A Bosnian immigrant gets life in prison for plotting to bomb the New York City subway
A Bosnian immigrant who was just days away from bombing the New York City subway system is now sentenced to life in prison.
CNN reports that Adis Medunjanin is charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda.
Medunjanin was caught by authorities and he then tried to crash his car and kill himself and others.
Medunjanin’s immediate family was present as he read verses of the Quran in front of Judge John Gleeson as part of his statements. He blamed the United States for war, hunger, and torture.
Associated Press reports that Medunjanin said, “What kind of system endorses torture? Is this really the best system that humanity ever produced?”
He closed his statement by saying, “I had nothing to do with any subway plot or bombing plot whatsoever. I ask Allah to release me from prison.”
Gleeson said his statements made him look like a robotic “exhibit” of extremism.
“You create the impression that you’re asking me to sentence you like the committed, anti-American jihadist you seem to want to be for the rest of your life,” Gleeson said.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “Adis Medunjanin sought martyrdom for himself and death for innocent New Yorkers as part of al-Qaeda’s plan to spread terror within our shores. Scores of innocent New Yorkers would have been killed or maimed had Medunjanin succeeded in his plot.”