Accused Guyana Terrorist Linked To Iran – Prosecutors

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BROOKLYN, NY: The Guyanaborn former Member of Parliament accused in a terror plot to blow up the John F. Kennedy International Airport has been also accused of spying for Iran.
The trial in a Brooklyn Courthouse took the unexpected twist Wednesday as federal
prosecutors accused that accused co-defendant, Abdul Kadir, spent decades secretly working as an Iranian spy in Guyana.
Kadir appeared surprised by the direction of the questioning under
cross examination but after initially denying that he was in contact
with Iranian officials, he admitted only to drafting regular reports for
the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela.
This, according to documents presented in court, included a five-year
development plan to promote Islam in Guyana, which included
references to infiltrating the military, police and other government
agencies.
But he insisted he was not a spy, saying he was simply focused on
promoting Islam.
`Is it fair to say you`re a spy for the Iranian government?` asked
Marshall L. Miller, the lead federal prosecutor on the case.
`No sir,` replied Kadir.
Kadir had traveled several times before to Iran, where his children
had been educated. He was arrested three years ago while traveling
there after a flash drive he was carrying included photos of him and
his children posing with guns.
Kadir and main accused, Guyana-born U.S. naturalized citizen,
Russell Defreitas, are charged with hatching the terror plot in January
2006. They circulated their plan to an international network of
Muslim extremists, prosecutors said in court papers.
Defreitas pleaded not guilty in 2007. Defreitas and Kadir face life in
prison if convicted.
The jury has so far heard a taped conversation in which Defreitas is
heard saying that the attacks were designed to destroy `the whole of
Kennedy,` the largest airport in the New York City area.
The plot was foiled in the planning stages with the aid of an
informant, Steven Francis, who had infiltrated the group accused of

CaribWorldNews,BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs.July 22, 2010: The Guyanabornformer Member ofParliament accused in a terrorplot to blow up the John F.Kennedy InternationalAirport has been also accusedof spying for Iran.The trial in a BrooklynCourthouse took the unexpected twist Wednesday as federalprosecutors accused that accused co-defendant, Abdul Kadir, spentdecades secretly working as an Iranian spy in Guyana.Kadir appeared surprised by the direction of the questioning undercross examination but after initially denying that he was in contactwith Iranian officials, he admitted only to drafting regular reports forthe Iranian ambassador to Venezuela.This, according to documents presented in court, included a five-yeardevelopment plan to promote Islam in Guyana, which includedreferences to infiltrating the military, police and other governmentagencies.But he insisted he was not a spy, saying he was simply focused onpromoting Islam.`Is it fair to say you`re a spy for the Iranian government?` askedMarshall L. Miller, the lead federal prosecutor on the case.`No sir,` replied Kadir.Kadir had traveled several times before to Iran, where his childrenhad been educated. He was arrested three years ago while travelingthere after a flash drive he was carrying included photos of him andhis children posing with guns.Kadir and main accused, Guyana-born U.S. naturalized citizen,Russell Defreitas, are charged with hatching the terror plot in January2006. They circulated their plan to an international network ofMuslim extremists, prosecutors said in court papers.Defreitas pleaded not guilty in 2007. Defreitas and Kadir face life inprison if convicted.The jury has so far heard a taped conversation in which Defreitas isheard saying that the attacks were designed to destroy `the whole ofKennedy,` the largest airport in the New York City area.The plot was foiled in the planning stages with the aid of aninformant, Steven Francis, who had infiltrated the group accused of being behind the scheme, prosecutors said.

Abdel Nur, another citizen of Guyana, pleaded guilty June 29 to one

count of providing support to terrorists. Kareem Ibrahim, a citizen of

Trinidad, was granted a separate trial at a later date due to a medical

condition.