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Terror plot trial begins

June 30, 2010 1 comment

Former Guyanese Parliamentarian Abdul Kadir

…Two Men Plotted to Blow Up JFK, Prosecutor Says

by: Thom Weidlich

GEORGETOWN/ BROOKLYN –An ex-airline employee and a former member of Guyana’s parliament plotted to blow up fuel lines and tanks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of their terrorism trial earlier today.

“They took concrete steps to make this plan a reality,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Winge Berger told the jury today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. “Fortunately, the attack never happened. You see, the FBI was onto these men.”

Russell Defreitas, a former Evergreen Airlines cargo worker, and Abdul Kadir, a citizen of Guyana who served as a member of the Guyanese Parliament, along with two other men were charged with hatching the plot in January 2006. They circulated their plan to an international network of Muslim extremists, prosecutors said in court papers.

Abdel Nur, a citizen of Guyana, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of providing support to terrorists. See story here

Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad, was granted a separate trial at a later date due to a medical condition.

The case is U.S. v. Russell Defreitas, 07-cr-00543, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

Police Station visits lauded by Ministry

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -The Ministry of Home Affairs considers the most recent move by the Police Association to visit police stations throughout the country, as “a step in the right direction.”

In a recent press statement, the Ministry lauded the move to interact with members of the force.

Also, in its statement, the Ministry pointed out that “sustained efforts have been made and are being made by the Ministry to build the capacity of the force to enable it to provide a better quality of service to citizens.”

Further, the Ministry has committed its support to the Police Association and the Administration of the Guyana Police Force to reserve unacceptable trends in conduct by such members of the force whose errant conduct is negatively affecting the image of the organization.

Categories: Crime and Security

Guyanese man pleads guilty to JFK terror plot

June 30, 2010 4 comments

Abdul Nur

GEORGETOWN/ NEW YORK -60-year-old Abdul Nur, a Guyanese man, has plead guilty to charges stemming from a plot to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

He pled guilty to providing material support to the plot before his trial was set to open in a New York federal court.

Nur now faces a 15-year prison sentence that will be determined at his sentencing on November 18.

He was charged along with his compatriot Abdul Kadir, and Russell Defreitas, who worked at the JFK airport terminal, in what authorities said was a scheme to blow up the airport’s jet fuel tanks and pipelines.
The trial for Kadir and Defreitas is set to open this week.

The plot was exposed by US authorities in June 2007, and US justice officials at the time said the suspects had links to international Islamist terrorist cells in the Caribbean and South America.

A fourth suspect, Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad, has had his case postponed for medical reasons.

President challenges fisheries sector to find ways to increase local demand– as inaugural Fisherfolks Convention begins

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

President Bharrat Jagdeo speaking during the Fisherfolks Convention at the GICC (GINA Photo)

LILIENDAAL –Guyana’s fisheries sector benefits a population of over 15,000 and President Bharrat Jagdeo today challenged stakeholders in the sector to devise instrumental ways of increasing local demand for marine products.

The Head of State was at the time addressing a large gathering of fisherfolks and representatives of fisheries associations at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC), Liliendaal at the inaugural Fisherfolks Convention.

The event which coincides with Fisherman’s Day seeks to examine opportunities and challenges that the fisheries sector is facing in the global environment.

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Categories: Development

Aging sniffer dogs blamed for Guyana drug lapses

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

by: Bert Wilkenson

GEORGETOWN (AP)–Sniffer dogs are being blamed for airport security lapses in Guyana, where police said Monday that their canines are too old or not skilled enough to detect drugs stuffed inside suitcases.

Police here are preparing to buy and train new animals to replace the force’s three sniffer dogs — two at the main international airport and one at police headquarters, police Chief Henry Greene said.

“The record shows they are not making many cases. The new dog we have has made only one case,” Greene said.

The government began a security review last week after U.S. officials complained about a large number of cocaine-filled suitcases from Guyana intercepted in American cities.

One suitcase seized last month at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport contained 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of cocaine.

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Policeman remanded for murder of 16-year-old boy

June 28, 2010 1 comment

Dead -Kelvin Fraser (Stabroek News photo)

GEORGETOWN/ PATENTIA -The 30-year-old police constable accused of the shooting death of 16-year-old Kelvin Fraser was today remanded to prison on charges of murder.

The indictment comes some three weeks after the incident occurred.

Murder Accused -Quancy John

The police officer was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Melissa Robertson-Ogle in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, and was remanded to prison.

He will sit behind bars until July 9, which will mark the commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry at the Wales Magistrates’ Court.

Kelvin Fraser was shot in the back of the neck near the Patentia Secondary School. He was reportedly fleeing from a van-load of officers.

The incident saw mass protest action from the victim’s family and school community, all calling for justice.

The officer was transferred to the Lusignan Prison where he will be housed until his next court appearance.

Promotion of homosexuality in Guyana for IRO address today

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -The issue of the SASOD’s public promotion of homosexuality in Guyana will be tackled today by the Inter-Religious Organizations (IRO) of Guyana.

The organization will hold a press conference at 2:00pm where it will present its position on the matter for public consumption through the local press.

The gathering will be in the conference room of the Ethnic Relations Commission building on the corner of Peter Rose and Anira Streets in Queenstown, and comes under the  chairmanship of ERP Head Bishop Juan Edgehill.

Guyana News Online will have more on the story.

Categories: Local News