Trinidad OKs extradition of 3 in JFK terror plot

February 18, 2008 12:24:05 PM PST
A Trinidadian judge on Monday upheld the extradition of three men charged with plotting to attack New York's John F. Kennedy airport, denying their latest effort to resist being sent to the United States to face trial. High Court Justice Nolan Bereaux said there was nothing in the Caribbean nation's legal code to prevent the extradition of the two Guyanese and one Trinidadian on charges that could result in sentences of life in prison.

Lawyers for the three men, who deny involvement in the alleged plot, said they would appeal.

The judge also rejected the argument that suspect Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad was medically unfit to be sent to the U.S. for trial because he suffers from diabetes and claustrophobia.

Ibrahim and Guyanese suspects Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur are accused of plotting to blow up fuel lines that feed the airport as part of a conspiracy with a U.S. citizen who is in custody in New York.

Authorities arrested the three men in Trinidad in June 2007 and they have been fighting their extradition ever since. They next will go before a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal.

A U.S. indictment charged the men with conspiring to "cause death, serious bodily injury and extensive destruction" at the airport.


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