'American Al-Qaeda' Sentenced to Life in Prison for Bush Assassination Plot
A U.S. national was sentenced to life in prison Monday for joining an Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate then-president George W. Bush, court officials said.
Ahmad Omar Abu Ali, 28, had been sentenced in 2006 to 30 years in jail but that decision was overturned at too "lenient" by an appeals court.
The U.S.-born Abu Ali was convicted in late 2005 on six charges, including providing material support to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.
Prosecutors said Abu Ali plotted with an accomplice to either shoot Bush or kill the U.S. leader with a car bomb.
Abu Ali was arrested in 2003 by authorities in Saudi Arabia, where he was studying.
He was held in Saudi jails for two years before being extradited to the United States.
Abu Ali says he was tortured into confessing to the Bush plot by Saudi authorities.