Guyana man sentenced in US airport fuel-tank plot

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 16, 2010 11:44

NEW YORK — A former member of Guyana's parliament was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for plotting to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport after insisting he was wrongly convicted.

US District Court Judge Dora Irizarry said there was ample evidence Abdul Kadir was a key player in a plan that would have caused "unimaginable" devastation.

"At no time did I have any intention or believe in bringing any harm to the people of this country by the terrorist acts I happened to be identified with," Kadir told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn.

Kadir and Russell Defreitas, a former JFK cargo handler, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy in 2007 after an informant infiltrated the plot and recorded them discussing it.


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