- Cleric advised a decide in 1996 his case was a part of “the American warfare in opposition to Islam”
- He was additionally convicted in plot to assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Abdel-Rahman died Saturday morning from pure causes at age 78, mentioned Greg Norton, spokesman with the federal correctional complicated in Butner, North Carolina. He had battled diabetes and coronary coronary heart illness, Norton mentioned.
The February 1993 attack on the Manhattan landmark left six folks useless and injured greater than 1,000 others. Abdel-Rahman was linked to the assault after different suspects had been discovered to have frequented the New Jersey mosque the place he preached.
The bombing would presage the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center eight years later.
Rahman denied involvement within the earlier assault during which a bomb exploded in a parking storage below 2 World Commerce Middle.
In August 1993, he was indicted for involvement in a broader terrorist plot that included the World Commerce Middle bombing.
He was convicted in October 1995 of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to life in jail.
Plot focused UN, FBI, New York tunnels
Earlier than he was sentenced the next yr, Abdel-Rahman delivered a long, ardent speech in Arabic.
“This case is nothing however an extension of the American warfare in opposition to Islam,” he advised the decide via an interpreter.
9 co-conspirators additionally had been sentenced within the case, which centered on a scheme to bomb the United Nations, FBI headquarters in Manhattan, two tunnels in New York and a bridge connecting New Jersey with Manhattan — all in at some point.
Abdel-Rahman additionally was convicted in a plot to assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Throughout a nine-month trial, his protection lawyer argued the cleric was a non secular chief being prosecuted for his speech.