Friday, January 14, 2011

A court has sentenced a terrorist from Guyana to 15 years in jail for taking part in a plot to blow up fuel tanks at JFK airport

Abdel Nur pleaded guilty in 2010 to providing support for the plot planned by Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir, a former member of Guyana's parliament. Kadir and Russell Defreitas, who worked at JFK, reportedly intended to kill thousands of people in the 2007 scheme. Kadir, 58, was sentenced to life in prison in December 2010. Nur, 60, attempted to locate an al-Qaeda explosives expert and introduce Kadir and Defreitas, a former airline cargo worker from Guyana who became a naturalized US citizen, to a leader of a militant group in Trinidad, court documents said. Kadir and Defreitas, who began preparations for the attack in 2006, planned to use explosives to blow up fuel tanks and underground pipes that ran through a nearby neighborhood, the court said. The scheme was uncovered when an informant recorded a discussion about the planned attack between Kadir and 67-year-old Defreitas. A US District Court judge said that the plot, which Kadir and Defreitas thought would shake the US economy, would have caused unimaginable devastation.

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