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Terror plot trial begins

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).

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