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JFK defendant wanted bomb-plot talks to start at US$1 Million

Abdul Kadir & Russell DeFreitas

NEW YORK/GUYANA (Bloomberg) –One of the men accused of planning to blow up New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport thought the alleged plotters should start negotiations with any financial backer at $1 million, according to evidence in the terror trial.

“I know this worth big money,” Kareem Ibrahim was heard saying during a May 2007 meeting in Trinidad among the alleged plotters that was recorded by a U.S. government informant and played for the jury in Brooklyn, New York, federal court today. “I think most likely we should bargain for a million.”

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

Ibrahim, a citizen of Trinidad, was granted a separate trial at a later date due to a medical condition. Defreitas is a U.S. citizen and native of Guyana. The trial began June 30.

“What is the price?” Defreitas asked during the meeting, according to the recording. “You can’t just start with zero, zero, zero. Somebody got to know a figure.”

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

–With assistance from Patricia Hurtado in New York. Editors: Mary Romano, Fred Strasser

To contact the reporter on this story: Thom Weidlich in Brooklyn, New York federal court at tweidlich@bloomberg.net

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  1. July 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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