The author of an attack in London in August 2018 sentenced to life imprisonment

Salih Khater had ridden with his car on cyclists and policemen near the British Parliament. Three people were injured.

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On August 14, 2018, the scientific police examine the car used by Salih Khater near the British Parliament. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

He drove with his car on cyclists and police near the British Parliament in the summer of 2018. Salih Khater was sentenced Monday, October 14, to life imprisonment in the United Kingdom. "Your intention, to be sure, was to kill as many people as possible and thus spread fear and terror"said Judge Maura McGowan in sentencing the 30-year-old man to life imprisonment with a minimum of fifteen years. "You have reproduced the acts of others, who have undoubtedly acted with terrorist motives"she added.

The attack on August 14, 2018 resulted in three injuries, two of which were briefly hospitalized, while the third was treated on site. It has several similarities to the one perpetrated by Khalid Masood in March 2017. This British convert to Islam had caused the death of five people and injured dozens more. Masood had struck passersby with his vehicle before stabbing a police officer deadly in front of the parliament, an attack claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State.

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A riddle "

Salih Khater was convicted of attempted murders on July 17, but the Old Bailey Criminal Court sentenced only on Monday. For the prosecution, the man had "Deliberately tried to kill and maim as many people as possible". But his lawyer had stated that it remained a "Enigma", having never provided an explanation of his act. He had emphasized the "Lack of evidence" the existence of links between his client and a terrorist organization.

Born in Sudan, Salih Khater was granted asylum in the United Kingdom in 2010 after claiming that he had been tortured because of his links with a rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), according to elements presented during his trial.


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