updated 7/11/2008 6:24:40 PM ET 2008-07-11T22:24:40

A judge sentenced a woman to three years in prison on Friday for helping her fiance flee from London after he failed in an attempted suicide bombing.

Fardosa Abdullahi, 20, helped Yassin Omar escape, dressed as a woman in a burka, after the failure of the bomb plot on July 21, 2005.

Abdullahi had pleaded guilty last month, but a court order had forbidden reporting the plea until Friday.

She is the last of 16 people who have either been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges linked to the attempt to detonate bombs on London subway trains and a bus. The attempts came two weeks after four suicide bombers killed 52 transit passengers in London.

Abdullahi became engaged to Omar four days before he tried to kill himself and others at the Warren Street Tube station.

Omar, who was arrested in Birmingham five days after the attempt, is one of four men sentenced to life in prison for the bombing attempts.

Jonathan Cooper, the woman's lawyer, had urged that she not be jailed because she is 24 weeks pregnant, was vulnerable at the time of the offense and had a history of mental illness.

Judge Paul Worsley, however, told her that "the message must go out that this court will not go soft" on those who assist terrorists.

Cooper said Abdullahi had suffered a serious assault in Somalia at age 6, had attempted suicide several times and had been in a special school for mental health treatment since age 12.

Omar had been introduced to the family, who believed he was a holy man, through her brother, who had met him at a mosque, Cooper said.

Within two weeks before the suicide bombing attempts, Abdullahi had broken up with a longtime boyfriend, and wasn't even present at the Muslim ceremony at which she became engaged, Cooper said.

"Your responsibility to this country should have been greater than your responsibility to your husband or fiance, if such he was," Worsley said.

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