Press Trust Of India
Boston, May 27, 2011
First Published: 11:19 IST(27/5/2011)
A US federal jury has convicted an Imam of conspiring to carry out a terrorist attacks at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport by exploding fuel tanks and a fuel pipeline under the airport. Kareem Ibrahim, 65, was convicted in New York after a four week jury trial on charges of conspirac y to attack a public transportation system, attack aircraft and aircraft materials and conspiracy to destroy international airport facilities.
Ibrahim, a Trinidad resident, will be sentenced on October 21, 2011 and faces a possible life sentence.
Ibrahim, also known as ‘Amir Kareem’ and ‘Winston Kingston’ “believed the attack would cause extensive damage to the airport and to the United States economy,” as well as the loss of innocent lives.
“In pursuit of a radical terrorist agenda, bent on the destruction of John F Kennedy Airport and the murder of innocent civilians, Imam Kareem Ibrahim abandoned the true tenets of his religion,” US Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
“We will continue to seek out and bring to justice all those who plot to attack the US and its people.”
According to evidence at the trial, Ibrahim, a leader of the Shiite Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago, provided religious instruction and operational support to a group plotting to commit a terrorist attack at JFK Airport.
The plot originated with Russell Defreitas, a naturalised US citizen from Guyana, who drew on his prior experience working at JFK Airport as a cargo handler to plan the attack on its fuel tanks and fuel pipeline.