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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

BBC NEWS | Americas | Olympics bomber gets life in jail

BBC NEWS | Americas | Olympics bomber gets life in jail Olympics bomber gets life in jail
US Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph has been sentenced to life in jail for the 1998 bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic, which killed one person.

Under a plea bargain that spared him the death sentence, Rudolph received two life sentences without parole for the attack in the city of Birmingham.

Next month he will get two more life terms for the Atlanta Olympic bombings and two other attacks in the city.

During sentencing Rudolph said abortion must be fought with "deadly force".

"Children are disposed of at will," the 38-year-old said in court on Monday.

The widow of the police officer killed in the 1998 attack said that in her opinion "there is no punishment great enough" for Rudolph.

Former fugitive

The attack on the New Woman All Women Health Care clinic on 29 January 1998 killed Robert Sanderson and seriously wounded nurse Emily Lyons.

Rudolph is suspected of following a white supremacist sect that is against abortion.


BOMBINGS BLAMED ON RUDOLPH
1996: Atlanta Olympic games, 1 dead
1997: Atlanta gay nightclub
1997: Atlanta abortion clinic
1998: Birmingham abortion clinic, 1 dead

The four blasts killed two people and injured more than 120 others.

The fatal attack during the 1996 Olympics marred the Games and led to fears of US domestic terrorism.

After being identified following the attacks, Rudolph spent more than five years on the run in the North Carolina wilderness. He employed the survivalist techniques he had learned as a soldier.

Rudolph was captured in 2003 while scavenging for food behind a grocery store.

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