Thursday, December 16, 2010

US airport attack plotter sentenced

John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York
A Guyanese national has been sentenced to life in prison for allegedly masterminding an attempt to blow up the fuel system at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

Former Guyanamese lawmaker Abdul Kadir, 58, was handed a life term on Wednesday for involvement in a 2007 plot to explode fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport, according to a statement from the US Eastern District Court of New York, CNN reported. 

US District Judge Dora Irizarry said Kadir has been captured in surveillance video recordings while discussing plans with Russell Defreitas -- a US citizen born in Guyana. 

She said the footage proved Abdul Kadir played a key role in the plot. 

Defreitas, also convicted and arrested for co-plotting the attack, still awaits his sentencing. 

During a four-week trial back in August, a federal jury had found Kadir guilty of conspiring to explode the fuel tanks and pipelines at the international New York airport. 

Prosecutors alleged that Kadir and Defreitas planned to cause a massive explosion by igniting the fuel tanks. 

Defreitas allegedly provided information on the facilities and layout matters while Kadir, an engineer, contributed in technical aspects. 

The two were arrested on charges of multiple counts of conspiracy back in 2007. Kadir has denied the charges.

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