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JFK Terror Suspect Says He Doesn’t Believe in ‘Jihad’

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

(Updates with testimony starting in the fifth paragraph.)

NEW YORK/GUYANA (Bloomberg) -A former member of Guyana’s parliament accused of plotting to blow up New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport testified he doesn’t believe in “jihad” in the sense of fighting.

“I do not subscribe to fighting because I have no need to fight,” Abdul Kadir told jurors today at his terrorism trial in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Prosecutors on July 15 showed the jury photos of Kadir brandishing what appear to be weapons, including assault rifles. The pictures were found on an electronic flash drive when Kadir was arrested in June 2007 on a plane in Trinidad on his way to Iran. Kadir said one of the guns was his personal weapon and the others were toys.
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Accused Guyanese Terrorist Considered Rats As Decoy

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Russell Defreitas NEW YORK/ GUYANA -A naturalized US citizen and Guyanese national, accused of a terror plot to blow up fuel lines and tanks at New York`s John F. Kennedy International Airport, considered rats as a decoy, a witness said in court Tuesday.

As the trial of Russell Defreitas and his co-accused, Abdul Kadir continued in a Brooklyn court house, government witness Steven Francis testified that the main accused told him: `Maybe get some rats, whatever. I don’t know. I just come up with wild things. `

The rats, according to Francis, a former convicted drug trafficker, were to be released to divert the attention of security personnel at the airport. Francis is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Dominican Republic who became an informant for the federal government after his conviction for drugs.

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Judge admonishes jailhouse lawyer

July 5, 2010 Leave a comment

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press Writer , The Associated Press – FARGO, N.D.

GUYANA/USA (AP) –A Guyana man charged with investment fraud refused to listen to his court-appointed attorney and instead cited commercial law and religious passages in his federal criminal case. He wound up getting a longer prison sentence as a result.

And so did several other defendants Neville Solomon met in jail and counseled on his unorthodox defense tactics, said a federal judge who sent them all to prison.

“This is hopefully the last in a long line of sad cases,” U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said while ordering Solomon recently to serve more than seven years in prison for investment fraud.

“A whole bunch of people wound up in prison for a lot longer time than they should have and there’s nothing the court can do about it,” the judge said.

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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.

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.

Man fined for having intercourse with dead body

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN (AP) -A 20-year-old garbage collector plead guilty to performing an indecent act on a dead body after he allegedly exhumed the corpse of an elderly woman and had sex with it.

Roopram Bacchus appeared before a judge Friday and testified that he had a drinking problem. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation and fined him $200. He faces a year in prison if he is unable to pay the fine.

Police divisional commander Steve Merai said Saturday that Bacchus dug up the body of a 75-year-old woman a day after relatives buried her in a cemetery in early March. Merai said Bacchus broke into the coffin, removed the corpse and had intercourse with it.

He said Bacchus and the family were neighbors.

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IMC boss files $150M claim for libel and slander

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

by: Kaieteur News

The Chairman of an Essequibo Interim Management Committee has filed a $150M suit for libel and scandal against a Parika couple who has filed charges against him for attempted rape. The couple’s lawyer Anil Nandalall has confirmed that the suit has been filed and told this newspaper that on the instructions of his clients, he has entered a Notice of Appearance. Nandalall added that he has also entered on behalf of his clients, a counter claim for compensation for indecent assault.

The battle between the couple and the IMC Chairman began in April of this year when the Chairman, who is also the President of a Hindu Mandir, allegedly drugged a female member of his Mandir, took her to the Parika Backdam and attempted to have sexual Read more…

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