One of four men accused of plotting to kill thousands and cause an
economic catastrophe by blowing up John F Kennedy International Airport
pleaded guilty to a lesser count yesterday, the day before his federal
trial was to begin. In heavily accented English and sometimes through
tears, Abdel Nur, of Guyana, admitted he provided material support of
terrorists, a charge that was not in the original indictment against
him. The lesser charge spares him a possible life sentence. Instead, he
now faces up to 15 years in prison. Nur admitted he told co-defendants
Kareem Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir and Russell Defreitas he would provide them
with protection and guidance on a trip to T&T in May 2007 to buy
supplies. “I understand the destruction of the fuel and planes was to
cause major economic loss in the US,” he said, reading from a statement.
His plea did not include plotting to kill people. The four had been
charged with conspiracy. A trial for Kadir and Defreitas is scheduled to
begin today. Ibrahim’s case was severed after he went on a hunger
strike in prison and became ill. It was unclear when he would be tried.