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Guyanese National Gets 15 Years in Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport

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By Allan Lengel

A Guyanese national was sentenced Thursday in Brooklyn federal court to 15 years in prison for his role in an international plot to blow up fuel lines and fuel tanks under JFK Airport in Queens, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities charged that that Abdel Nur provided material support to the plot by trying to locate al Qaeda explosives expert Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah, and by introducing the plotters and presenting the plot to Yasin Abu Bakr, the notorious leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, who had been involved in terrorist attacks aimed at overthrowing the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

On June 29, he pleaded guilty.

Subsequently, a federal jury convicted Abdul Kadir and Russell Defreitas in the plot. In December, Kadir was sentenced to life in prison. Defreitas is set to be sentenced on Feb. 17.  A fourth person charged in the plot, Kareem Ibrahim, still faces trial.

Authorities say the plotters hoped the explosion and damage would dwarf the 9/11 attack.


Two Guyanese Men Guilty in Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport

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By Allan Lengel

Two Guyanese men were convicted Monday in Brooklyn federal court of plotting to blow up JFK Airport by exploding fuel tanks and fuel pipelines underneath the airport, authorities said.

Following a six-week trial, the federal jury convicted Russell Defreitas, a naturalized citizen from Guyana, and Abdul Kadir.  Authorities had been watching them at an early point in the plot and nothing ever materialized.

Authorities said Defreitas came up with the idea to attack JFK Airport and its fuel tanks and pipelines after working at the airport as a cargo handler.

Starting in 2006, he recruit Kadir and others to join the plot during multiple trips to Guyana and Trinidad, the FBI said.

Between trips, he conducted video surveillance of JFK Airport “and transported the footage back to Guyana to show to his co-conspirators.”

A third person has pleaded guilty in the case and a fourth faces trial.

“The defendants intended to send a message by killing Americans and destroying the New York City economy,” United States Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

“Today, the only message is that those who engage in potentially deadly plots against the United States will be stopped and punished.”