US jury convicts JFK airport bomb plot suspect

By REUTERS
May 27, 2011 02:40

 
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NEW YORK - A former leader of the Shi'ite Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago was found guilty on Thursday of taking part in a conspiracy to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Imam Kareem Ibrahim, 65, was charged in June 2007 for his involvement in what prosecutors say was a failed plot to destroy buildings, fuel tanks and pipelines at the airport that handles more than 1,000 flights daily.

Following a four-week trial in Brooklyn federal court, a jury convicted Ibrahim on all five counts, including conspiracy to attack a public transportation system, conspiracy to destroy a building by fire or explosive, conspiracy to attack aircraft and aircraft materials, conspiracy to destroy international airport facilities and conspiracy to attack a mass transportation facility.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for October 21.

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