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Trinidadian Imam Kareem
Ibrahim failed in his bid yes-
terday to overturn his terror-
ism-related charges and life
imprisonment sentence in the
Ibrahim, 68, of Cane Farm,
Tacarigua, was convicted in 2011,
along with Russell Defreitas and
Abdul Kadir, for hatching a con-
spiracy to blow up New York s
John F Kennedy International
Airport in 2007.
Yesterday, a Reuters report
published in the Chicago Trib-
une stated that the US appeals
court had upheld Ibrahim s con-
viction and sentence.
The report stated that
"Ibrahim, 68, was unable to
sway the 2nd US Circuit Court
of Appeals in New York to
reverse the 2011 guilty verdict
on terrorism-related charges or
the sentence of life."
According to the article, "the
federal appeals court said a jury
was entitled to find Ibrahim and
his co-conspirators guilty of
planning to blow up the airport."
Prosecutors had argued that
"Ibrahim provided religious
instruction and support to the
group planning the failed attack,
which involved destroying build-
ings, fuel tanks and pipelines at
In Ibrahim s appeal, "lawyers
argued their client s testimony
was improperly limited, that evi-
dence seized from Kadir s home
shouldn t have been admitted,
and that there wasn t enough
evidence to support his convic-
tion. They also challenged his
sentence as unreasonable."
However, the "three-judge
appellate panel rejected all of
his arguments and upheld the
The report said Michael Hue-
ston, a lawyer for Ibrahim, said
Ibrahim was considering
"whether to seek further appeal,
including a petition for review
by the US Supreme Court."
The upholding of Ibrahim s
conviction and sentence follows
a similar ruling in May, in which
there was an "upholding the
convictions of co-conspirators
Defreitas and Kadir, who were
found guilty in August 2010 and
also received life sentences."
A fourth man charged in the
case, Abdel Nur, pleaded guilty
in June 2011 and received a 15-
year prison sentence.
Ibrahim was arrested in
Trinidad in June 2007 and was
later extradited to the United
According to the report, pros-
ecutors said Ibrahim joined the
plot in May 2007 after meeting
with Defreitas and a confidential
FBI informant in Trinidad.
Ibrahim, among other things,
gave them advice on avoiding
attention by US authorities.
In May 2011, a jury in Brook-
lyn, New York, found Ibrahim
guilty on five terrorism-related
Trini Imam loses again
JFK bombing plot appeal
More than 20 litter preven-
tion wardens assigned to the
Corporation were given termi-
nation letters yesterday, in what
their representative union feels
was a clear case of victimisa-
The litter wardens had report-
told they needed to attend a
meeting. At that meeting, the
wardens were given termination
letters, stating that their last day
of work for the corporation
would be July 31.
There are 41 litter prevention
wardens at the corporation. Of
that number, 21 were members
of the National Union of Gov-
ernment and Federated Workers
The 21 union members were
the only litter wardens to receive
NUGFW deputy director Carl
St Rose said the regional cor-
poration had broken at least
three industrial relations laws.
He said the action taken by the
corporation was one of several
methods of victimisation per-
petrated against the workers.
Asked why workers were
being victimised, he said it began
last year when the union
received recognition to represent
"The union wrote to the cor-
poration in June last year to
negotiate a collective agreement,"
St Rose said.
"The corporation had one
meeting with the union and then
we were told they had been
instructed by the Ministry of
Local Government to discon-
tinue negotiations. About three
weeks ago we filed an IRO at
the Industrial Court against the
The termination letter given
to wardens stated: "The Tuna-
puna/Piarco Regional Corpora-
tion is unable to offer further
employment due to the assign-
ment of established litter pre-
vention wardens to the corpo-
ration by the Ministry of Local
St Rose said the corporation
had also previously suspended
employees for becoming mem-
bers of the union.
"These people blatantly have
no respect for the rule of law in
this country," he said.
Zeyard Mohammed, who had
worked as a litter warden at the
corporation since 2008, said he
was stunned by the letter.
"I got to work and when I was
signing the register they said we
had a meeting for 8 am...The
meeting started an hour late and
we were just handed the letters,"
St Rose said the union had
attempted to contact the CEO,
who drove out of the compound
without addressing workers.
Local Government Minister
Suruj Rambachan yesterday
denied any knowledge of litter
wardens being fired.
"That is something you will
have to speak with the chairman
about," he said.
Chair of the corporation,
Khadijah Ameen, sympathised
with the litter wardens yesterday,
but said they had been given a
chance to keep thier jobs but
failed to take it.
"The ministry has standard-
ised the hiring of litter wardens
and is now responsible for hiring
litter wardens for all of the
municipal corporations. This has
made their jobs redundant,"
She said she had pleaded
with many of the employees to
apply when the ministry had
published an advertisement for
litter wardens, but they chose
"I am certain they would
have been given the position
because they were excellent
workers. They would go on
walkabouts and speak in town
hall meetings. They were really
She said the issue was being
handled by the CEO of the cor-
sends home 21 litter wardens
Union cries victimisation as...
Candidate for the July 29 Chaguanas West by-
election and acting chairman of the United Nation-
al Congress Khadijah Ameen says she holds no
"beef" with anyone although her character is
being attacked in the run-up to the election.
Ameen was responding to questions about a story
published by a newspaper owned by opposing can-
didate in the elec-
tion Jack Warner.
The story printed
parts of an e-mail
written by current
Trade Minister Vas-
ant Bharath, which
alleged that Ameen
was an alcoholic
and also suffered from psychological issues.
Yesterday, Ameen said she was aware of the e-
mail, which had been sent since 2009.
"At that time it was a political attack against me
because the party was divided at the time and Min-
ister Bharath was a part of the Panday (Basdeo
Panday) faction, and I was very close to (Prime
Minister) Kamla Persad-Bissessar."
She said she was encouraged to take legal action
at the time but chose not to do so.
"I hold no beef for anyone. That is water under
Ameen said she would not respond to any can-
didate in the election as her focus was on the people
she would be serving.
"I expect that there are people who would want
to target me but my focus is on the people."
Ameen defended statements that she was a
stranger to the constituency of Chaguanas West
and said the Tunapuna Piarco region bordered on
Chaguanas West and parts of the constituency fell
under her responsibility as chairman.
"It is not just me. I am part of a team which
includes Manohar Ramsaran and Pundit Satyanand
Mahabir and they have been involved with residents
of the area."
Ameen said her corporation had been responsible
for fixing a number of roads as well as recreation
grounds in the area.
"We upgraded the Caroni Recreation Ground,
we constructed a pavillion in the La Paille Recreation
Ground and fixed a number of streets."
"I am not new to Chaguanas West. I am familiar
with the needs of the people." KSC
not fazed by
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