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Man Sentenced In JFK Airport Fuel-Tank Bomb Plot

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Russell Defreitas (L) and Abdul Kadir (R) (Photo/Associated Press)

Russell Defreitas (L) and Abdul Kadir (R) (Photo/Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former member of Guyana’s parliament to life in prison for plotting to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Abdul Kadir received the sentence Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Kadir and another former JFK cargo handler Russell Defreitas were convicted earlier this year on multiple conspiracy charges.

FBI agents arrested them in 2007 after an informant infiltrated the terror plot and recorded them discussing it. Prosecutors said the men wanted to outdo the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and sought the help of militant Muslims, including an al-Qaida operative, in Guyana.

Kadir told the judge on Wednesday that he was a peace-loving man who never wanted to harm Americans.

Sentencing for DeFreitas is set for Jan. 21.

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