CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Sat. Dec. 18, 2010: A former Guyanese parliamentarian has been sentenced to life in prison for a terror plot to detonate the fuel system under John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Abdul Kadir along with former airline cargo worker Russell Defreitas and Abdel Nur are`believed their attack would cause extensive damage to the airport and to the New York economy, as well as the loss of numerous lives,` the Justice Department said after the sentencing in Brooklyn federal court.
A jury trial earlier this year heard that Kadir and Defreitas had begun preparations in 2006 to blow up fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport, which is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Manhattan.
They were found guilty and Defreitas will be sentenced on January 21st.
Nur, pleaded guilty to supporting the conspiracy and faces up to 15 years behind bars. A fourth alleged plotter, Kareem Ibrahim, faces trial on the same charges as Defreitas and Kadir.
`The sentence imposed on Abdul Kadir sends a powerful and clear message,` said US Attorney Loretta Lynch. `We will bring to justice those who plot to attack the United States of America.`