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15 years for terrorist

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

15 years for  terrorist

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NEW YORK – A United States federal judge has sentenced a Guyanese man to 15 years in jail after he admitted taking part in a plot to detonate fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport in New York.
“You are a dangerous person,” said Judge Dora L. Irizarry of Federal District Court in Brooklyn in handing down the maximum penalty to Abdel Nur, 60.
Nur pleaded guilty last year to a single count of providing material support for terrorism.
Nur, who has said his real name is Compton Eversley, was one of four men accused of plotting to blow up the tanks in what federal authorities said was a plan to cause a chain reaction along a pipeline that would damage vast areas of New York City.
Crucial evidence came from a convicted drug dealer and paid informer who contributed financial and logistical support to the plotters and secretly recorded their conversations.
Two of the conspirators, Russel M. Defreitas, a Guyanese immigrant and former cargo handler at the airport, and Abdul Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese Parliament, were convicted in August of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.
Kadir was sentenced to life in prison in December. Defreitas, the alleged mastermind, is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
Prosecutors said Defreitas, a naturalized US citizen, hatched the plan and traveled to Guyana and Trinidad in 2006 and 2007 to recruit the others to join the plot.
A fourth defendant, Kareem Ibrahim, a Trinidadian national is awaiting trial.
Nur was accused by federal prosecutors of advancing the plot by trying to find Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, an operative and explosives expert for Al Qaeda, an international terror network, and by seeking the help of Yasin Abu Bakr, a leader of a hard-line Islamist group, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, which had tried to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1990.
Nur’s lawyer, Daniel Nobel, told Judge Irizarry that his client had never been a committed member of the conspiracy.
“Mr. Nur was never a driving or a guiding force in the plot,” he wrote in a pre-sentencing memorandum.
“Nur was a mostly lackadaisical participant who provided minimal and ineffectual material assistance,” he added.
But federal prosecutors wrote in their own memorandum that Nur had played “a substantial role” in the plot and “committed a deeply significant crime”.