Ukrainian jailed for life for killing Muslim, planting bombs in UK
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 01:12
Oct. 26 - A Ukrainian student has been jailed for life for the racially aggravated murder of a 82-year-old Muslim man in Birmingham and the planting of bombs near mosques in central England. Sarah Toms reports.
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A court in the UK has jailed a Ukrainian student for at least 40 years for murdering an 82-year-old man and plotting explosions near mosques.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE MARCUS BEALE, SAYING,
"He was an extremely dangerous individual as we've heard. He was well-skilled. He was very determined. He was driven by an extreme right-wing ideology, a white supremacist ideology."
Inside the Old Bailey, the court heard how Pablo Lapshyn stabbed Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham five days after arriving in the UK.
He later planted three bombs near mosques in the West Midlands as part of a campaign motivated by racial hatred.
The son of the murdered man said it had been an emotional day.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SON OF MOHAMMED SALEEM, SHAID SALEEM, SAYING:
"These crimes were religiously and racially aggravated in nature. We hope this case serves as a deterrent to other terrorists who may plot such acts of horrific violence for the purpose of creating fear and terror in the communities."
No one was injured in the blasts.
But police said more attacks would probably have followed after they found bomb-making equipment and chemicals in searches at his home.
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