T&T takes action against JFK bomb plotter

This combo shows, from left, Guyanese Abdul Kadir, countryman Abdel Nur and Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim upon their arrival to the Magistrates’ Court in downtown Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in this Aug. 6, 2007 file photos.
Associated Press / Andres Leighton

The Trinidad and Tobago government is moving to deem a Trinidadian convicted in the United States a terrorist and obtain an order to freeze his assets and any transaction done on his behalf.

The Office of the Attorney General is taking the unprecedented action against convicted JFK bomb plotter Kareem Ibrahim, which is being perused under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The action has been filed by attorneys representing the Office of the Attorney General in the High Court last week.

The application comes on the heels of numerous reports of Trinidadians involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and calls for action to be taken against foreign terrorist fighters in the wake of the recent ISIS attack in Paris.

Ibrahim, 68, was convicted on May 26, 2011 of conspiracy to launch a terrorist attack at the JFK International Airport in Queens, New York, 2007. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He and Guyanese nationals — Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir — were accused of plotting to explode fuels tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport.

Attorney General Faris al-Rawi said his ministry, along with the Ministry of National Security, was urgently addressing issues, such as terrorist financing and foreign terrorist fighters, and they would soon make a public statement on the legislative changes that were being considered.

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