(REUTERS) – A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.
Anis Sardar, 38, of northwest London, was convicted at London’s Woolwich Crown Court of murder and conspiracy to murder after his fingerprints were found on adhesive tape used to make two bombs planted under roads leading out of Baghdad in an area close to the U.S. Army’s Camp Liberty.
One of the devices exploded as a U.S. armoured vehicle drove over it on Sept. 27, 2007, killing Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson, who was married with two young children.
Sardar had argued that he had become involved in the conflict in Iraq to protect Sunni villages from attack by Shi’ite militias during the U.S. “surge” operation in 2007, and had merely helped others put the bombs together.
But the prosecution argued that he was either deliberately targeting U.S. troops or did not care who the explosive devices killed.
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