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Jury finds 2 Guyanese guilty in JFK terror plot

August 2, 2010 2 comments

By A. G. Sulzberger (NYTimes Reporter)

NEW YORK/ GUYANA -A federal jury found two Guyanese men guilty on Monday of conspiring to blow up Kennedy International Airport, concluding a month-long trial that centered on the men’s plan to set off a series of explosions along a fuel pipeline that cuts through the city.

The verdict came after five days of deliberations before Judge Dora L. Irizarry in United States District Court in Brooklyn.

Mr. Defreitas and Mr. Kadir face possible sentences of life in prison after their convictions on five counts of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Mr. Defreitas was also convicted of surveillance of an airport; Mr. Kadir was acquitted of that charge. Two other men, Abdel Nur and Donald Nero, have pleaded guilty to participating in the plot. Another man, Kareem Ibrahim, is still awaiting trial.

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Trial Focuses on Iran Ties of Kennedy Plot Suspect

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Abdul Kadir, on trial over a plot against Kennedy Airport (NY Times photo)

NEW YORY/ GEORGETOWN (New York Times) -The trial of two men accused of plotting to attack Kennedy International Airport took an unexpected twist on Wednesday when prosecutors suggested that one of the men, a former government official in Guyana, had spied on behalf of the Iranian government.

The former government official, Abdul Kadir, admitted under cross-examination that in the mid-1980s he drafted reports about Guyana’s economy, foreign policy and military for the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, which included details like the low morale in the army. The hand-written documents included a “five-year development plan” that made reference to infiltrating the military, police and other government agencies.

Mr. Kadir, testifying in United States District Court in Brooklyn for the second straight day, appeared surprised by the direction of the questioning. He initially denied having been in contact with Iranian officials, but admitted to it after being confronted with the material he had written. Nevertheless he said he was not a spy, insisting he was focused instead on promoting Islam and that the letters he sent included no state secrets but information freely available in the newspapers.

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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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U.S. calls on Guyana to investigate “death squads”

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -The United States on Monday called for Guyana to investigate reports that members of the security forces, sometimes employing criminals, murdered hundreds of people during the last 17 years.

In November, opposition political parties released a file listing 449 alleged extrajudicial killings in our country between 1993 and 2009, many blamed on an elite police unit called the “Black Clothes” squad.

The report also accused the government of equipping and employing a criminal gang of killers, known as the Phantom Squad, in an attempt to control a cocaine trade-fueled crime wave in 2002.
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Undercover informant slept with daughter of alleged terrorist during secret missions in Guyana

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK/ GUYANA –Now that’s some undercover work!

The Joint Terrorist Task Force informant who helped bring down the plot to blow up Kennedy Airport was sleeping with a would-be terrorist’s daughter.

Steven Francis, an ex-con playing the role of a wanna-be terrorist, had an affair with the daughter of one of the co-conspirators, according to the lawyer for defendant Abdul Kadir.

Francis’ wife was pregnant in the U.S. while he was in Guyana in 2007 secretly taping planning sessions about the attack and cavorting with the daughter of Abdel Nur.

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Prison fire at Georgetown inmate facility

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -There are reports of a fire at the Camp Street Prison.
Firefighters moments ago were seen hurrying to the scene. The magnitude of the fire is yet to be determined but eye witness reports puts thick smoke as coming from the southern end of the prisoner occupied wing.
Earlier today several police officers were seen patroling the perimiters of the inmate facility abnormally armed. They were carrying AK47 rifels.
Within the past hour the number of police presence outside the prison has more than doubled.
Up to the time of this update the firefighters were still to gain access to the fire affected area.
Guyana News Online will bring additional information as it unfolds.

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