NEW YORK — A former member of Guyana's parliament and another man were convicted Monday of plotting to blow up jet fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a plan that authorities said was meant to outdo the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and avenge perceived US oppression of Muslims around the world.
Russell Defreitas, a former JFK cargo handler, and Abdul Kadir, once a member of Guyana's parliament, were convicted of multiple conspiracy charges. Kadir was acquitted of one charge, surveillance of mass transportation. The Brooklyn federal court jury deliberated about five days.
Defreitas, a 66-year-old naturalized US citizen from Guyana, and Kadir, 58, were arrested in 2007 after an informant infiltrated the plot.