Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 20th 2016 Contents Convicted terrorist Kareem Ibrahim has died in
a United States prison.
Ibrahim, 70, reportedly lost his battle with cancer
yesterday after serving a little over three years of his
life sentence at the US Medical Centre for Federal
Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.
Ibrahim was convicted on May 26, 2011, of con-
spiracy to launch a terrorist attack at the John F
Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, in 2007.
He and Guyanese nationals, Russell Defreitas and
Abdul Kadir, were accused of plotting to explode fuel
tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport.
The evidence at the trial established that Ibrahim,
an imam and leader of the Shiite Muslim community
in T&T, provided religious instructions and operational
support to a group plotting to commit a terrorist
attack at JFK Airport.
Ibrahim and his co-conspirators believed their
attack would cause extensive damage to the airport
and to the New York economy, as well as the loss
of numerous lives.
The trio were arrested in Trinidad in June 2007
and were eventually extradited to the US to face trial.
He was found guilty after a four-week trial in
which US prosecutors relied heavily on an informant's
secret recordings of conversations between the three
In November last year, the Office of the Attorney
General invoked the Anti-Terrorism Act for the first
time as it moved to seize Ibrahim's local assets. While
it was successful in its application, it was unable to
identify any assets---cash, property or business inter-
ests---which could have been seized.
The legislation empowers the AG's office to apply
for the power to seize the assets of a person, once
there is evidence of that person committing a terrorist
act either locally or internationally.
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A 25-year-old man from Diego
Martin, who stabbed a 19-year-old
teenager to death during a brawl
almost six years ago, has been sen-
tenced to 12 years in prison with hard
Kerwyn Charles, of Green Hill Vil-
lage, Diego Martin, was on trial for
the murder of Zaffar Khan before the
Office of the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) accepted his guilty
plea for the lesser offence of
manslaughter in November last year.
Deciding on Charles' sentence yes-
terday, High Court Judge Norton Jack
said he considered his early guilty
plea as well as a letter from Charles
addressed to Khan's family, in which
he expressed remorse for the inci-
In the letter which was read to
Khan's mother in open court by his
lawyer Shontel Hinds, Charles said:
"If I could have traded my life for
his I would, just not to put you
through all this stress, pain and hurt.
I didn't mean for this to happen. I
swear it on my life that it was an acci-
dent and it was not meant to happen.
I hope you find some kind of comfort
hearing this from me.
"I never got to speak to you and
your family or ever send my condo-
lences. I hope you accept them after
all these years and my sincere apolo-
gies," Charles stated in the letter.
According to the evidence, Khan
was stabbed several times after he
(Khan) attempted to intervene in a
fight between Charles, then 18, and
his two best friends Nigel Benjamin
and Nigel Herbert. The incident
occurred outside Khan's home at Jean
Avenue, Diego Martin, on July 5,
Charles was slapped with additional
charges for wounding Benjamin and
Herbert in the altercation to which
he also pleaded guilty. He was given
two ten-year sentences for those
charges which will run concurrently
with the higher sentence attributed
to Khan's death.
Charles was also represented by
Daniel Khan, while Tricia Hudlin-
gets 12 years jail
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Fire officers inspect the vehicle driven by Megan Mahadeo which caught afire along South Trunk Road, La
Romaine, yesterday. The driver and two passengers were unhurt. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Convicted terrorist dies in US prison
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