THE JFK TERROR CELL
* Abdel Nur
Abdel Nur alias Uncle Abdul, was born in Guyana in 1950. He was trained as a Shiite Imam. Abdel Nur lived in a poor neighborhood in Guyana and worked odd jobs at a currency exchange. Abdel Nur came to Trinidad in the summer of 2007, allegedly, to meet with the leader of Jamaat al Muslimeen –(JAM), Yasin Abu Bakr, in an effort to get support for the JFK bomb plot. The meeting, eventually, did not take place.
On 06/05/2007 Abdel Nur turned himself to the authorities in Trinidad and was extradited to USA on 08/06/2007. In 12/2010 Abdel Nur was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
* Abdul Kadir
Abdul Kadir was born in 1952 in the small town of Buxton, Guyana. His family is Shiite Muslim. Abdul Kadir is a chemical engineer, who at one time studied in Iran, and became a senior member in the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), today the main opposition party in Guyana. Abdul Kadir was the Mayor of Linden, a small mining town in Guyana and a PM in the years 2001-2006. Abdul Kadir never expressed any extreme point of view.
Abdul Kadir was arrested in Trinidad, when he prepared to board a flight to Venezuela with Kareem Ibrahim, in order to pick up a travel visa there to attend an Islamic religious conference in Iran. The arrest of Abdul Kadir came on USA request and coordination on Friday 06/01/2007 over the JFK bomb plot suspicions. Abdul Kadir was extradited to USA on 08/06/2007.
Abdul Kadir was convicted, on Monday 08/03/2010, by a federal jury in New York, of plotting to blow up fuel lines and tanks at New York’s, Russell Defreitas was convicted of a sixth count, surveillance of a mass transportation facility. Abdul Kadir was acquitted of that count. In 12/2010 Abdul Kadir was sentenced to life in jail.
* Kareem Ibrahim
Kareem Ibrahim was born in 1951 in Trinidad. He is a member of a Trinidadian Islamic radical group Jamaat al Muslimeen - JAM (The Society of Muslims) and was an acquaintance of Yasin Abu Bakr, the JAM’s leader. The Jamaat al Muslimeen - JAM staged on 07/27/1990 a coup attempt in which the prime minister of Trinidad and other local notables were taken hostage. Kareem Ibrahim is the imam of one of the two main Shiaa’ Mosques in Trinidad. He suggested, during the, so to speak, planning of the JFK bomb plot, to raise money to finance the plot elsewhere - in Iran for example.
Kareem Ibrahim was arrested with Abdul Kadir on 06/01/2007 and was extradited to USA on 08/06/2007. On Friday 05/27/2011 Kareem Ibrahim was convicted by a U.S Federal Jury as charged.
* Russell Defreitas
Russell Defreitas, a Shiite Muslim, was born in Guyana in 1944. Russell Defreitas left his home town Georgetown in Guyana and immigrated to USA in 1972. He was married and has a daughter but did not keep contact with his wife and daughter for years. Eventually Russell Defreitas became a USA citizen. He was once a wowed jazz saxophone player. Most of his life was in poverty, collecting welfare in Brooklyn, New York. Russell Defreitas worked for few years until 2001 as a cargo worker in New York JFK airport. Since 2001 he had no permanent mail address.
* On Friday 06/01/2007 American authorities arrested Russell Defreitas in Brooklyn over suspicions of conspiring to blow up jet fuel supply tanks and a pipeline in JFK International Airport in New. Russell Defreitas was convicted, on Monday 08/03/2010, by a federal jury in New York, of plotting to blow up fuel lines and tanks at New York’s, Russell Defreitas was convicted of all sixth counts including surveillance of a mass transportation facility. On 02/17/2011 Russell Defreitas was sentenced to life in prison.
* On 06/24/2008 Abdel
Kadir and Kareem
Ibrahim were extradited to USA
* All four suspects pleaded, on Tuesday 06/29/2010, guilty to lesser charges, which carry sentences of up to 15 years in prison instead of life imprisonment.
* Steven Francis, the FBI informant, testified, on Tuesday 07/07/2010, at a federal trial in Brooklyn that he and Russell Defreitas drove around the airport and took a close look at jet fuel storage tanks without being stopped. Francis secretly taped Defreitas saying he'd been eyeing the tanks for years.
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